On April 1st the changes to the Feed in Tariffs came into place.
The feed in tariff rates for all systems up to 250kW will drop, while a lower multi-installation tariff is introduced and energy performance guidelines are put in place.
Energy and Climate Change Minister, Greg Barker said: “These changes will help improve the feed-in tariffs scheme, ensuring it is a scheme for the many and not for the few. I am currently looking at how it can be further improved to offer certainty for householders, communities and industry and would welcome thoughts on our proposals.
“I want to see a bright and vibrant future for small scale renewables in the UK and allow each of the technologies to reach their potential where they can get to a point where they can stand on their own two feet without the need for subsidy sooner rather than later.”
Also from April 1st, all buildings looking to install solar PV will have to gain at an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) of at least band D in order to benefit from the higher feed-in tariff rates. All systems that do not reach a band D will receive 9p/kWh.
Any building that is not suitable for an EPC assessment, or an installation of more than 250kW will be exempt from this requirement.
The good news here is that the solar pv installation will count towards the EPC rating. This means that the customer has the opportunity to apply for feed-in tariffs after the installation has been completed. It is estimated that around half of all properties are already eligible for a D rating.