Changes to Feed-In Tariffs for Solar Photovoltaic Technology in the United Kingdom

By on April 19, 2012

by David Birchall and Caroline Lindsey

The UK feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme was introduced in the United Kingdom in April 2010, under the Energy Act 2008, to encourage households and businesses to operate small scale (less than 5MW) low carbon electricity generation facilities.  Under the scheme, eligible generators can receive a fixed generation tariff for each kWh of electricity generated and consumed on-site and an additional export tariff for each kWh of electricity that is exported to the grid, for a maximum of 25 years from the date an installation becomes eligible under the scheme.  FIT payments are paid to generators by suppliers and funded by electricity consumers.

Of the eligible technologies (biogas, hydro, micro-CHP and solar photovoltaic (PV)), solar PV has to date been by far the most popular technology.

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