New Feed-in Tariff may have to be delayed until March 2016
26 November 2015.

As a result of ‘a huge backlash’ from the renewable industry the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is unlikely to finish its consultation process until the New Year. (See this Solar Power Portal article.) Should this be the case It is thought that the impending 87% reduction in FiT tariffs will be postponed until the second quarter of 2016.

With this in mind OfGem has published revised FiT tariffs starting January 2016. Details can be found HERE.

 

SHOCK ANNOUNCEMENT: DECC proposes to cut FiT rate by as much as 87% in January 2016!
15 September 2015.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has published the outcome of its recent feed-in tariff review. It is proposing that from 1st January 2016 the FiT rate for up to 10kW systems should drop from 12.47 p/kWh to just 1.63 p/kWh (p.16).

The DECC also proposes to have an enforced digression each quarter. This would effectively see the end of FiT support for some scales by January 2019.

In a supporting document (p.33) the DECC has expressed the view that the renewable industries will not be adversely impacted.

“…  there is a risk that these changes – combined with the separate consultation proposals to remove pre-accreditation – may result in significantly reduced rates of deployment relative to the ‘do nothing’. However, industry has proven resilient to previous significant changes to FITs, and has been able to adapt to previous tariff reductions and the introduction of degression.”

It is unlikely that those who work in the renewable energy sector will concur with this view!

 

October 2015 FiT rate changes
15 September 2015.

OfGen has announced the new feed-in tariff rates for solar photovoltaic systems. Details can be found HERE.

DECC announces a number of significant changes concerning renewables
28 July 2015.

  • Recently released figures from the DECC show a surge in uptake of solar systems up to 10kWp. This will result in a further digression of FiT rates by 3.5% for the quarter starting 1st October.
  • There will be no new large scale solar project funding under the Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROC) scheme after 1st April 2016.
  • The Green Deal scheme is set to end.
  • In any quarter, if more than 130 MWp of new installations are registered in the 50kWp band the FiT rate will be reduced by 28% (so called hyper-digression).
  • The whole FiT scheme will be reviewed, possibly before the end of 2015.

More DECC announcements concerning the renewables industry can be found HERE.

 

Latest FiT rate details
01 April 2015.

The current feed-in tariff rates for solar photovoltaic systems under 4kW can be found HERE.

 

Latest FiT rate details
01 January 2015.

The current feed-in tariff rates for solar photovoltaic systems under 4kW can be found HERE.

 

Ofgem confirms FiT rates to stay unchanged until 31 December 2014, but …..
04 August 2014.

Due to the low level of uptake Ofgem has confirmed that there will be no digression of FiT rates this quarter. Thus the current feed-in tariff rates for solar photovoltaic systems under 4kW has remained unchanged at 14.38p per kW/h. The export rate also remains unchanged at 4.77p/kWh (based on 50% export).

Full details of all the rates can be found HERE.

However, there WILL be a decrease of 3.5% in the Feed-in Tariff from January 2015. This will mean a reduction in FiT payments of around £20 a year for a 4 kWp domestic system.


Ofgem confirms FiT rates from 01 July 2014
24 June 2014.

The current feed-in tariff rates for solar photovoltaic systems under 4kW has remained unchanged at 14.38p per kW/h. The export rate also remains unchanged at 4.77p/kWh (based on 50% export).

Full details of all the rates can be found HERE.


Ofgem confirms 3.5% FiT regression to FiT rates from April 2014
04 February 2014.

The current feed-in tariff rates for solar photovoltaic Rates were frozen in October 2013 until March 31 2014. From April, systems under 4kW will receive 14.38p per kW/h. The export rate remains at 4.77p/kWh (based on 50% export).

Full details of all the rates can be found HERE..


The current Solar Feed-in tariff (FIT) rates will continue to apply through to 31 March 2014
02 January 2014.

The current feed-in tariff rates for solar photovoltaic will continue through the next quarter until 31 March 2014. The rate remains at 14.90p/kWh. The export rate remains at 4.77p/kWh (based on 50% export).

Full details of all the rates can be found HERE.


OFGEM announces the current Solar Feed-in tariff (FIT) rates to apply through to 31 December 2013
05 August 2013.

Ofgem has announced that the feed-in tariff rates for solar photovoltaic will continue through the next quarter until 31 December 2013. The rate remains at 14.90p/kWh. The export rate remains at 4.77p/kWh (based on 50% export).

Full details of all the rates can be found HERE.


OFGEM announces the current Solar Feed-in tariff (FIT) rates to apply through to 30 April 2013
10 December 2012.

Ofgem has announced that the feed-in tariff rates for solar photovoltaic will continue through the next quarter until 30 April 2013. The rate remains at 15.44p/kWh. The export rate remains at 4.5p/kWh (based on 50% export).

Full details of all the rates can be found HERE.


OFGEM announces the Solar Feed-in tariff (FIT) rates to apply from November 1st 2012
03 September 2012.

Ofgem has confirmed the feed-in tariff rates for solar photovoltaic technology beginning November 1. The new rate goes down to 15.44p/kWh. The export rate remains at 4.5p/kWh (based on 50% export).

Full details can be found HERE.


The NEW SOLAR KETTLE is ready for ordering
August 2012.

It’s arrived! We are now taking orders for the new Solar Kettle.


DECC Announcement on the latest changes to the Solar Feed-in tariff (FIT)
24 May 2012.

The DECC has outlined the new, reduced tariff rates which will apply from 1 August 2012 (not 1 July 2012 as previously stated). The initial rate will be 16p/kWh which will reduce every 3 months by an average of 3.5%. (This reduction can be skipped when take-up is low but could rise to 28% if take-up is excessive.) The export tariff will rise to 4.5p/kWh (from 3.2p). The scheme lifetime will be reduced from 25 to 20 years for new solar installations. RPI index-linking of generation tariffs is retained.

Full details of the press release can be found HERE.


Product Development – the NEW SOLAR KETTLE
March 2012.

The T45 prototype of the solar kettle has performed excellently.  News of this innovative product has generated a great deal of interest. We are currently refining this product and expect to have the very stylish production model ready for sale around the middle of August. It will have integrated reflectors and support frame.It will hold 500 ml of water, enough to make two or three cups of tea.


Results of DECC Consultation on Photovoltaic Feed-in tariffs (FIT)
9 February 2012.

The results of the consultation have just been published by the DECC. The 21p feed-in tariff (FIT) rate still applies on or after the eligibility date of 3 March 2012. This paper also contains further proposals which set out three different, reduced tariffs with an eligibility date on or after 1 July 2012, the choice of which depends on the uptake during March and April 2012. A longer term aim is to reduce the qualifying period from 25 years to 20 years.

A copy of the consultation paper can be found HERE. The closing date for this consultation is 3 April 2012.

Furthermore, consumers having PV systems installed on or after 1 April 2012 will be required to produce an Energy Performance Certificate rating of ‘D’ or above to qualify for a full FiT. Details can be found HERE.


Photovoltaic Feed-in tariff (FIT) modified
November 2011.

The Government has announced that the existing higher Feed-in Tariff, guaranteed for 25 years, will no longer be available for systems registered from 12 December 2011. Any system registered from that date will  be eligible for the higher tariff until 31 March 2012 but the rate then falls to 21p/kWh. To register a  system from 1 April 2012 it is proposed that the householder will have to show that certain energy saving measures are in place at the installation address. This is subject to a consultation which ends on 23 December 2011.


Corgi Chooses Contemporary Energy
April 2011.

CORGI has chosen Contemporary Energy to provide kits for installer certification. CORGI recommends Contemporary Energy systems as an approved and high quality system for potential installers to use for their evaluation installation.  Contemporary Energy Kits can now be purchased through the Corgi website.


Renewable Heat Incentive Consultation
April 2010.

The Government is consulting on a new Renewable Heat Incentive to encourage householders to install solar water heating.  The proposed start date is April 2011, but systems installed from 15th July 2009 will be eligible.  The incentive will work in a similar way to the photovoltaic Feed-in tariff (introduced in April 2010) and will give an annual rebate of about £400 for a typical 30 tube solar thermal installation.


Photovoltaic Feed-in tariff (FIT) introduced
April 2010.

The Government has introduced the amazing photovoltaic Feed-in tariff to encourage householders to install solar electric (photovoltaic) panels.  The generous Feed-in tariff rates are designed to encourage home owners and businesses to invest in renewable power by providing a high rate of return on investment. The Feed-in tariff is guaranteed for 25 years. The Feed-in tariff is financed by a levy on power brought from the Grid. Your investment is being funded by your neighbour!.


Planning Permission Rules Relaxed
April 2008

From April 6 2008, homeowners have been able to install solar panels, without needing to get planning permission, as long as there is no impact on others. Size limitations have been set to reduce impact on neighbours.  Solar panels attached to the building must not protrude more than 200 millimetres from the roof slope.  The only exception is if your property is a listed building or is in a conservation area, in which case you will need to consult with your council planning department.