Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player



Feed-in-Tariff (FIT)

Renewable Heat IncentiveThe Feed-In Tariff (FIT) became available in the UK in April 2010 and is the electricity sector of the Clean Energy Cash Back scheme - a Government-backed scheme that pays people who create their own electricity using green technology including solar PV panels.

The Feed-In Tariff guarantees a minimum payment for all electricity generated (the generation tariff) by the renewable system, as well as an additional payment for the unused electricity produced that can be exported to the grid (the export tariff). These payments will boost household savings as bills will be reduced by using electricity generated on-site.

The tariff is available to everyone - households, landlords, businesses and even communities and organisations like schools and village halls - and will be overseen by Ofgem which regulates the electricity and gas markets in Great Britain.

  • Receive a payment for all the electricity you produce and use
  • Receive an additional payment for the electricity you produce and feed back into the grid
  • Reduce your energy bills and have a self-sufficient and sustainable electricity generation system for years to come
  • Reduce your carbon emissions significantly

Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been developed by the Renewable Energy Association (REA) to provide financial support to encourage homeowners, businesses and communities to switch to renewable heating technology like solar water heating.

The aim of the incentive is to increase heating generation from renewable energy sources to 12 per cent which could potentially save up to 60 million tonnes of CO2 by 2020. The Renewable Heat Incentive offers a payment for every kilowatt hour (KW/h) of heat your renewable system produces and another payment if you export heat you produce and don't use back to the network.

The Government is currently consulting on the design of the incentive which they are proposing to introduce in April 2011.

  • Receive a payment for every KW/h of heat you produce and use
  • Receive an additional payment for every KW/h you produce and feed back into the heat network if you're connected to it
  • Reduce your heating bills and have a self-sufficient and sustainable heat generation system for years to come
  • Reduce your carbon emissions significantly

Solar Power Grants

Grants for Solar Electricity Generation

Available since 1st April 2010 the Feed In Tariff allows the consumer. with a renewable electricity system installed. to export surplus electricity back to their energy supplier. Eligible systems include solar PV (photovoltaic) installations or wind turbines.

Under the scheme you are entitled to a set price of 41.3p per kilo watt Hour for all electricity generated as well as another payment for any surplus exported to the grid. The set price is index linked to the retail price index.

As well as a reduction in your electricity bill you will receive income from your Feed In Tariff.

Grants for Solar Hot Water

solar panels on new housesThe Renewable Heat Incentive is being launched by the Government in 2011 to provide financial assistance to individuals and businesses to convert their heating source from fossil fuel to renewable fuel, for example wood fuel or solar power.

The final details of the scheme have yet to be confirmed but it will essentially pay the consumer a set amount each year for every kilo watt hour of heat produced as an incentive to reduce carbon emissions. If you have any surplus heat you may be able to receive another payment for exporting the heat energy.

There are no plans to set up a system to measure the amount of heat generated. The plan is to use an estimated figure based on the amount of energy needed to heat the home and water and will depend upon the property’s age, size and technology employed.

Eligible renewable heat technologies include solar thermal, biomass boilers and air, water and ground source heat pumps. Any renewable heat technology installed on or after 15th July 2009 should be eligible for the scheme.