Feed In Tariff

What are Feed in Tariffs?

Feed-In Tariffs (FIT) were launched on the 1st of April 2010. The scheme is an environmental programme aimed at promoting widespread uptake of a range of small-scale low carbon electricity generation technologies (e.g. solar panels; wind turbines; hydro systems and some other renewable technology types). It pays fixed tariffs for electricity generated and exported to the National Grid. This energy directly feeds into the customers regular electricity supply needs whilst the FIT scheme also pays a set amount for each unit generated.

The FIT scheme policy and tariff rates are set by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), but the scheme is administered by FIT Licensees and Ofgem.

ScottishPower is a Mandatory FIT Licensee. As a mandatory licensee we are required to offer our customers the opportunity to join the scheme, provided they are eligible.

NOTE: Due to a high volume of applications being received, it is currently taking up to 8 weeks to process FIT applications. Your application will still be eligible from the date we received it.

Important information - Feed-In Tariffs Scheme closure after 31 March 2019
On 18 December 2018 the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) announced the Feed-In Tariffs scheme (FITs) will close to new applications after 31 March 2019.This decision was made following two public consultations; one consulting on scheme closure and the other seeking views on the future of small-scale low carbon electricity generation support.

If you are interested in installing a renewable electricity system and receiving FITs payment, you will now have limited time to research options, install a system and register for the scheme before the scheme closes.

If factoring FITs payments into the decision to install, you should ensure you will meet the scheme's eligibility criteria before starting work.

Householders installing domestic systems (solar PV and wind under 50kW and all micro CHP systems) that wish to apply to the scheme should:

  • have the system commissioned and an MCS certificate issued on or before 31 March 2019.
  • you would then have until 31 March 2020 to apply to their FIT licensee for accreditation.

N.B The number of new installations that can receive support under the FIT scheme each month is capped - known as a deployment cap.

The deployment cap will still apply and would need to be sufficient space in the final quarterly deployment cap (Jan - March 2019) to accommodate an installation's capacity - if not, it would not be eligible for FITs support.

For further information please refer to OFGEMs website.

Important news regarding RPI update

On the 31st of March every year Feed in tariff rates are updated to reflect the movement in the retail price index ( RPI ).

Regardless of whether your previous read was less than 90 days before this date, we provide the option to submit a meter read on or around this date to help improve the accuracy of your FIT payments.

If you choose to do this, please submit your read using the online meter read facility which can be found on the FIT home page.

Important changes to the Feed-In Tariffs Scheme

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) recently introduced changes to the Feed-In Tariffs scheme and these changes came into force on the 15 January 2016.

The changes include:

  • A requirement for solar PV applications made on or after 15 January 2016 to provide an EPC which was issued on or before (and not after) the commissioning date of the system.
  • A requirement for customers to have applied by 31 March 2016 at the latest if their installation has a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) certificate issue date and commissioning date of 14 January 2016 or earlier. This applies to all MCS technologies under the scheme.
  • A "pause" to the scheme from 15 January 2016 up to and including 7 February 2016.
  • A reduction in the generation tariff for solar PV, wind and hydro from 15 January 2016.
  • A system of deployment caps (limits) for solar PV, wind and hydro.
  • Changes to the definition of "eligibility date".
  • Changes to the rates at which generation tariffs decrease or "degress" over time for solar PV, wind and hydro.
  • Ineligibility to the scheme for extensions to existing solar PV systems.

No changes have been made to the FITs export tariff.

Further information about the Feed-In Tariff changes can be found HERE

Apply

If you meet the criteria required for the scheme, you can apply today.

Find out how to apply

Am I eligible to join the scheme?

You could be eligible if you have an approved Microgeneration system installed using one of the following technology types:

  • Solar panels (PV - Photovoltaic)
  • Wind
  • Hydro
  • Anaerobic Digestion
  • CHP (Combined Heat & Power)

Your installation must have been installed by an accredited Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) installer, using MCS approved products. An MCS certificate must also have been provided following the date of commission.

If your electricity supply is not with ScottishPower, you may not be able to apply with us for the FIT scheme. Firstly, please contact your current electricity supplier to check whether or not they can offer FIT.


How to apply

If you meet the criteria required for the scheme, you can apply today.

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FAQs

If you need help, or have any other questions, please view the FAQs.

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Glossary

If you need any help with the terms and phrases, please refer to our glossary page.

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Online meter read

Enter your FIT meter readings online to ensure accurate payments.

Contact Us

If you need further help or advice, please don't hesitate to contact us:

General enquiries:
FIT@scottishpower.com

Please do not email applications or send meter readings to this mailbox.

Meter reads:
FITReads@scottishpower.com

Call:
0800 001 5156

Mon - Fri 8:00am to 4:45pm