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New feed-in tariffs from 1 July 2015

Posted by Gabby Mallett on 24 June 2015 at 10:10 am

If you aren’t already in the process of getting you Feed-in tariffs (FiTs) application in then you will probably end up with the new tariffs from 1 July. It’s all based on when your system is commissioned, so you don’t have much time.

When the scheme was first introduced back in 2010 the FiTs level for solar PV was up at 41.5p/kWh. Now it is just 13.39p for a 4 kilowatts peak (kWp) system (or smaller), but from 1 July it will drop further to just 12.92p/kWh. Remember this is the highest rate you can get and is based on having an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) which is banded D or better. 

If you can’t qualify for the higher rate then click on the relevant link below, which will take you to a very complicated table. To find what you're looking for you need to know the date your system was installed and what size it is in kWp. Most private domestic installations will be on the higher rate. The middle rate is for bulk installations, and anyone couldn't achieve an EPC band D will get the lower rate. Get your magnifying glass out, and good luck finding out your rate! If you're struggling, ask in the comment section below and we'll try and help.

If you can’t get in with the old rate in time, don’t panic. Whilst some of the previous adjustments to the tariffs have made a big difference to the amount of money you will get paid in feed-in tariffs, this one won’t make that much difference. For a 4kWp system, with an output of around 3,500 kWh/year it is only a difference of about £16. 

None of the other feed-in tariffs are changing this time around, it’s just solar PV, so with Wind, Hydro, Anaerobic Digestion (AD) and micro-CHP all stay the same. You can check your tariff on the links below:

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NEF Gabby

NEF GabbyComment left on: 3 July 2015 at 5:49 pm

For the additional panels you will receive the current rate when you have them installed eg 12.92p from 1st July.

There are a couple of things for you to consider.  The first is that you will probably need to upgrade your inverter as the previous one probably won't cope with the increased load. 

The second is that you will need an EPC rating of D or better to get the highest rate.  This requirement has been brought in since you had your first install.

Finally, the FiT tariff is now only guaranteed for 20 years, whereas it was 25 when you had your first install.

Hope this helps

Gabby Mallett

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Johnd44

Johnd44Comment left on: 1 July 2015 at 9:56 am

Hi,

I have a 1.8 Kv system which is about 6 years old. With the newer technology I am considering increasing mine to the max of 4.0 or as near as I can get. What rate will I get for this addition to my charging system.

I have not get any quotes yet but I would like your views first so that the stories I receive from the suppliers can be tempered with an unbiased view.

Many thanks, John Hewitt.

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