renewable energy, tariff schemeThe Feed-in Tariff is the government scheme that pays households with renewable energy generation such as solar panels.

The feed-in tariff scheme was introduced by the UK Government in 2010 and favours households to use renewable energy sources.  As increasingly more households are looking to generate their own green energy by utilising sources such as solar panels, wind turbines and ground-source heat, offering  financial help can act as a strong motivator.

Luckily, the feed-in tariff scheme allows homeowners that use renewable energy sources to generate revenue by selling the electrical energy they produce.  This governmental scheme is very beneficial and has made the whole enterprise more affordable, as now many households across the country are taking part in this initiative.

Who Qualifies For The Feed-in Tariff

Not everybody is eligible for the feed-in Tariff scheme. If you total installed capacity  of an installation exceeds 5MX, you might not be deemed eligible. However, if you utilise both micro Combined Heat and Power (CHP), the limit drops to 2kW. Bellow you can see the list of renewable and low carbon technologies that are eligible:

  • Solar Photovoltaic (PV)
  • Wind
  • Hydro
  • Anaerobic Digestion
  • Micro CHP

To find out more about renewable electricity generation and how to join the FIT scheme, visit the Engergy Trust Web Site. For England and Wales, please contact The Energy Saving Advice Service free on 0300 123 1234 or visit

If you’re living in Scotland, you can contact Home Energy Scotland free on phone number at 0808 808 2282 o visit

How To Apply

Generators can you choose to apply for their installation either though the MCS-FIT route or the ROO-FIT route.

Eligibility Date and Eligibility Period

As eligibility date is defined the date from which a generator becomes eligible to receive FIT payments for the electricity that has produced and exported to the grid. More precisely, the eligibility is defined as:

  • The date a household receives a written request for FIT registration
  • The date that the application for ROO-FIT accreditation is received.
  • The date the installation is commissioned.


  • If you decide to extend your existing FIT installation, then the eligibility date becomes the date that the extension was commissioned.
  • The recommended way of posting the application is considered the Royal Mail’s Recorded  or Special Delivery service.
  • The Generator bears the responsibility for the on time delivery of the application .
  • Each renewable energy source feed-in tariff has a different duration.

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