What it's all about?
The government has announced a new financial incentive program, called the Feed-In Tariffs (FITS) , to encourage businesses and homeowners to become micro generators and generate electricity by installing renewable energy systems (e.g. Wind Turbines and Solar Photovoltaic) and to make the once expensive technologies more of a financially sound investment. Furthermore, they bring about a new age of self-sufficiency and help to reduce carbon emissions.
From the 1st of April 2010 any renewable energy systems installed are eligible for the FITS paid by your electricity supplier as part of the clean energy cash back scheme. See table
The tariffs provide micro generators a guaranteed income per kWh generated, which is fixed for 20-25 years dependant on the technology you have installed and linked to inflation. After 25 years, you will still generate an income from your system. Micro generators will be paid for the generation of electricity regardless of whether you use it or not. So not only do you benefit from getting free electricity, you will be paid for generating it regardless of whether you use it or not. Power generated and not used by you will be sent back into the national grid and this is called your export, which is also subjected to a financial payment (minimum of 3p per kWh), further increasing your income.
Customers can only receive the FITs payments if the installation has been carried out by an approved MCS-accredited installer and using MCS-accredited products.
Use our benefit calculator to see how much money you can generate and save in energy bills and how much you can reduce your carbon emissions by installing a Solar PV system.
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Do I have to pay tax on my Tariff income?
It was announced in the Pre-Budget Report 2009 that the income from the Feed-In Tariffs will be free of income tax for householders who install systems primarily for their own use. Similarly, it was announced in the March Budget that the Renewable Heat Incentive will also be Income Tax exempt