Solar Feed-in Tariff Cuts Confirmed

by Solar Selections on October 28, 2011

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced the changes to the solar Feed-in Tariff (FiT). The Generation tariff rate of 43.3p per kWh for systems 4kW or less has been cut to 21p per kWh. Rates for other system sizes has also been reduced by approximately 50% up to 250kWp. In addition, the date for installations to secure the 43.3p rate has been brought forward from April 2012 to December the 12th, 2011.

Less than twenty four hours after Greg Barker, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, gave his address to the solar industry at the ICC Birmingham, the department has revealed that they will announce the changes in parliament on Monday the 30th. From that point, the reduced rate of 21p will be available to all domestic installations that are registered for the tariff after midnight on the 11th of December 2011.

The Official Registration Cut-off

The definitive point for a solar installation to be registered for the tariff is when the respective Distribution Network Operator (DNO) receives the FiT application from the system’s owner. This is very important, as it means that even systems that have been installed before the 12th of December are NOT rewarded the 43.4p indexed rate until their FiT application has been submitted to the DNO. This can be done by email, fax, etc.

Essentially, the time between today and the 12th of December cut-off is for prospective properties to complete their installation and application. An exact guide on how far through the process a project needs to be in order to secure the rate is unclear, as it depends on the time it takes to; a) install the system and b) submit the FiT application with the DNO.

For further information on the application process and how to ensure your solar energy system is registered time, please click here.

If you wish to explore which installers can install before the 12th December deadline, please fill out the request Solar Selections quote comparison form to the right and your personal broker will be in touch.

For more information please consult the DECC website.

Written by Jarrah Harburn and Tom Charlesworth

T: 020 7205 2267

© Solar Selections Pty Ltd 2011

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Peter November 8, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Can someone clarify the final stages of the registration for FIT. I.e. Panels on the roof, electrical work done. Does the installer leave a commissioning certificate or what. How close to the 8 dec deadline is safe for completed installation to have time to apply for the 43p rate.

My installation date is 21/22 November.


admin November 29, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Hi Peter,
Your application for the feed-in tariff must be stamped as being received by your Distribution Network Operator (DNO) before midnight on the 11th December, 2011. This form is posted via regular mail and contains information about your commissioned system that can only be entered upon completion of your installation. Your system must be switched on and working before you post off this document to your DNO. Allow 3-5 business days at least for the form to arrive at your DNO’s office and therefore avoid installation dates that are scheduled for within 3-5 business days of the 12th of December.
Your installation on the 21st/22nd should not be a problem.


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