What is the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG)?

The Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) is a new scheme encouraging people to use renewable energy to power their homes. Effective from 1 January 2020, an SEG tariff will provide eligible small-scale, low-carbon generators with payments for the electricity they export to the National Grid.

For example, households with solar panels will likely produce more energy than they use. Rather than letting this go to waste, the surplus energy gets exported to the grid. Under the new SEG scheme, anyone producing more energy than they use will receive payments.

SEG acts as an alternative to the Feed-in Tariff, which ended in March 2019, and helps the UK move towards a more sustainable future.

How to apply

Who is SEG for?

The SEG is aimed at anyone who has an eligible installation of one of the following energy sources, up to a capacity of 5MW, or up to 50kW for Micro-CHP:

  • Wind
  • Anaerobic Digestion
  • Hydro
  • Solar photovoltaic
  • Micro-combined heat and power

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Terms and conditions apply. You can find more information on SEG in our frequently asked questions below.

Our SEG tariff

As a Mandatory SEG licensee, we are required to offer an SEG tariff to any generator with an eligible installation.

Our SEG tariff is called Smart Export Variable tariff and we will pay customers on this tariff for every unit of electricity you export. As it is a variable tariff, the pricemay move up or down from time to time. The current price of our tariff is:

Tariff name Price per kWh
Smart Export Variable tariff 4p

How to Apply

Applications for our SEG tariff are open from 1 January 2020. To apply, please download, complete and sign the application form below and email it to SEG@scottishpower.com. You should also send us copies of all of the relevant documentation, as set out in the application form. Terms and conditions apply.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Smart Export Guarantee (SEG)?

SEG is designed for customers who generate Green electricity via Solar PV, Wind Turbines, Hydro, Micro CHP or Anaerobic Digestion and pass any unused power back to the Electrical Grid.

Can I continue to receive FiT payments together with SEG?

No, if you are receiving FiT Export you are not eligible for SEG unless you opt out of receiving FIT Export payment

How do I apply for SEG?

To be eligible for SEG:

• You must have one of the generation sources mentioned previously
• You must have a Smart or AMR meter that can obtain half hourly readings and you consent to us taking them
• You must have an Export mpan or we will great one for you if this is you first applying and are not transferring from another supplier
• You must complete the application form and send to us all the required documentation i.e. MCS Certificate, completed Vendor/Bank form with the necessary supporting document
• You can download the application form on the ScottishPower website www.scottishpower.co.uk

When will I be paid for the energy I Export?

• Once we receive your application form and supporting documentation, we will begin the registration process which may include creating an Export Mpan
• We will also need to check some external systems to ensure that you are not being paid for FiT Export. As previously mentioned, you cannot be paid for FiT & SEG Export
• You will be paid 6 monthly and the first payment will be made approximately 6 months after your contract start date with us

How does this affect my Electricity Account?

• There will be no change to your electricity supply. Your SEG contract will be separate to your normal Electricity and/or Gas contracts
• You will still receive your normal bills for your Electricity supply
• You will use some of what you generate and the excess will be exported to the grid.
• Your Electricity supply does not have to be with ScottishPower for you to be eligible to receive SEG payments from ScottishPower
• If you are a ScottishPower customer, you can transfer your energy supply (based on your current T&Cs) but still receive SEG payments from ScottishPower