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Will I get the same feed-in tariff rate if my solar panels are storm damaged?

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 4 November 2013 at 10:01 am

Q: Following on from the 'storm', I was wondering what would happen if any existing registered solar panels were damaged and needed to be replaced. Would they slot into the existing feed-in tariff (we got on to the higher rate before it was changed), or would they be under the new lower rate payments? Just wondering!!??

A: I had a similar enquiry a while ago, about a solar system that was damaged by fire. I contacted both the department of energy and climate change (DECC) and the regulator Ofgem.

Ofgem's spokesman said that he thinks that in cases where parts of the system are intact people can probably go ahead and replace the rest within the same FIT contract; and where the whole system is destroyed then they probably need to start again. However, there wasn't a totally clear message coming from either of them.

In this situation, your first port of call would be your feed-in tariff licensee (the energy company that pays you the feed-in tariff). If you were'nt happy with what they said, then you could contact the energy ombudsman.

More information on YouGen

YouGen guide to the feed-in tariff

YouGen guide to solar panels

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Rudge Energy

Rudge EnergyComment left on: 4 November 2013 at 11:52 am

In the majority of systems that get damaged, it will be the modules that get affected and requiring replacement.

If the same module model type is used in the replacement, then I can no reason why the FiT provider will need to be informed.

However, if the array has been installed with older modules (such as Sharp 180 for example), that are no longer available, a check with the provider would probably be best. Keep the total system size as close to the original as possible as annual generation will be affected.

 

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