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FAQs

Will I be eligible to receive the tariff if I move into a home that receives payments?

FiT eligibility remains with the installation, even if the ownership of the home or generating technology changes. Therefore the technology must have been eligible before you move in, even if it is not registered yet. This applies to all green technologies under the feed-in tariff, renewable heat incentive and Green Deal mechanism. If you're unsure about how the technology and incentive mechanism works, make sure you check with the vendor before you move in.

What's the difference between PV and other solar technologies?

Photovoltaic means electricity from light. A solar PV system uses the natural energy from daylight in the form of solar radiation to generate electricity. This is different technology to solar thermal systems used for heating and hot water.

There is not much sun in the UK - will solar still work?

Yes. Solar photovoltaics works using light, and not necessarily sun light. This means that a solar PV or solar thermal system can function in cooler and often cloudier countries. However you will of course generate more energy at sunnier times of the year.

Do I need planning permission for a PV system?

In most cases, you do not need planning permission to install a residential solar system, however it is always advisable to check with your local council to avoid future problems. With larger-scale installations the policy is slightly different.

How can I get FREE solar power?

You may have heard that some solar companies in the UK are offering to install panels on your roof for free. This is not a trick, it is genuinely happening. In fact, thousands of UK homes are now benefitting from these schemes.

How much electricity will I make?

Each kilowatt peak (kWp) of PV installed in the UK will produce on average around 800kWh a year. This varies with geographical location and your accredited installer will be able to estimate your system output depending on the solar radiation levels in your area. You can view all of the certified installers in your area in our Directory.

How long will my system last?

Solar panels have a manufacturer's warranty of 25 years and a working lifetime of 40 years and beyond. However the lifetime can of course vary from system to system. Inverters however, usually need replacing every 10-15 years.

Why should I go solar?

By installing a solar PV system you will be generating clean green electricity from the free energy of the sun. You will then reduce your electricity bills by not paying as much for your energy, but you will also earn money through the UK feed-in tariff scheme, launched on April 1 2010, and through the export tariff. Installing a PV system will also help reduce greenhouse gases as energy use associated with buildings accounts for around 50 percent of UK carbon emissions.

Generation Tariff: This FiT provides a fixed income for every kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity you generate and use in your property. The current FiT rate will be 4.39p per kilowatt from 1st October 2016 for energy produced by a retro fit system up to 4kW. 

The Export Tariff: Any extra energy you generate can provide you with an additional fixed income for every kWh of electricity you generate and sell back to the grid. This is currently set at approximately 4.85p/kwh (from 1st April 2016).

The Feed-in Tariff (FiT) - known as the 'Clean Energy Cash-Back Scheme' in the UK - is a Government-backed scheme that pays you for producing renewable electricity. There are two ways that the tariffs can help you make money from generating your own energy