DECC have published answered regarding the Feed-in-tarrif (FIT) for March 2012

16th March 2012

DECC has published a helpful set of Q&As for consumers and installers regarding the new Feed-in-Tariff levels for Solar PV installations from 3 March 2012 and a new energy efficiency requirement for Solar PV installations from 1 April 2012.

The Government has set new tariff levels for solar PV installations from 3 March 2012, and introduced a new energy efficiency requirement for solar PV installations from 1 April 2012. We have also created a multi site PV tariff for more than 25 PV installations. All these changes have been consulted on publicly but are subject to final approval by Parliament.

The Government is also proposing further changes to future tariffs for solar PV installations, as well as considering tariffs for non-PV technologies and potential changes to other aspects of the FITs scheme. These proposals are all subject consultation, and DECC would welcome responses via web pages above.

question 1 – Will Tariifs increase with inflation in April 2012?          

  • Tariffs for existing FITs installations with eligibility dates before 3 March 2012 will increase with inflation in April 2012. New tariffs for PV installations from 3 March have already incorporated this increase and will not therefore increase further.
 Question 2 – Will the tarriffs for other technologies go up in line with inflation in April 2012?
  • Yes, tariffs for all non-PV technologies will be increased in line with inflation in April 2012. Some are also subject to planned degression at the same point. New tariffs are proposed for some of these technologies from October 2012
Question 3- If i install solar PV now, what taffif will i get?
  • All PV installations with eligibility dates before 12 December 2011 will get the tariffs available at the time (43.3p/kWh for up to 4kW installations) for the 25 year tariff lifetime.

   All PV installations with eligibility dates on or after 3 March 2012 will get the current tariffs for electricity generated up to 31 March 2012, and lower tariffs (21p/kWh for up to 4kW installations) for electricity generated after this date.

   The tariff for PV installations with eligibility dates between 12 December 2011 and 3 March 2012 depends on the outcome of the Government’s appeal to the Supreme Court.  If the Government wins the final appeal, it reserves the right to pass legislation at some point in the future reducing the tariff for all electricity generated after that date. These installations will continue to receive current tariffs (43.3p/kWh for up to 4kW installations) until any such legislation comes into effect.

Question 4.   What if I wait?

  • Evidence shows that the costs of installing solar PV are continuing to fall.  The Government is therefore proposing to reduce tariffs for new PV installations from 1 July 2012 onwards, as well as introducing a  “degression mechanism” which will reduce the tariffs for new installations on a regular basis in future

Q5.How much money will I make if I install solar PV on my house?

  • Depends on the size of your roof

Q6.What is the energy efficiency requirement?

  • The energy efficiency requirement applies to PV installations with eligibility dates on or after 1 April 2012. (N.B. The eligibility date is the date on which your FIT Licensee receives your valid application for FITs. It will therefore be after the date on which your solar panels are installed.)Under the requirement, PV installations will only be eligible for standard FIT tariffs if they can provide a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) at the time of application for FITs, showing a rating of level D or above for the property to which the solar panels are attached or wired to provide electricity.Installations that do not meet the requirement will receive a lower tariff of 9p/kWh.

Q7.Do I have to pay for an EPC certificate? If so, how much?

  • If you do not already have a valid certificate, you will need to obtain one before applying for FITs. They typically cost under £100 for dwellings.EPCs are typically valid for 10 years, and are required for most buildings on sale, rental, or when built, so you may already have a valid EPC for your property.

Q8.I have a Display Energy Certificate (DEC). Is this enough?

  •  – only an EPC showing level D or above is acceptable. EPCs and DECs provide information about different aspects of energy performance, and are not interchangeable.

Q9.Can I install Solar PV to get a level D certificate then apply for FITs?

  • In some cases this may be possible. However, you should be aware that if you decide to install solar PV on a building that has a rating lower than D and a subsequent EPC assessment shows that the solar PV installation has not improved the rating of the building to a level of D, you will be unable to obtain the standard tariffs without undertaking further improvements to the energy performance of your property and obtaining another EPC assessment.

This is because a generator must be able to provide as part of their application for FITs an EPC certificate showing a rating of level D or above for the building to which the solar PV installation is attached or wired to provide electricity.

Q10.How does EPC work?

  • If you do not have a valid EPC for the building on which you intend to install or wire to your solar PV, you should obtain one in order to identify the current energy performance and EPC rating of your building and any cost-effective measures you can install to improve the rating of your building.If the EPC shows that your property is not currently at level D or above, you will need to install measures to improve the energy performance of your property and obtain a new EPC certificate showing a rating of level D or above before you apply for FITs.

Q11.Can my PV installer carry out an EPC assessment?

  • Yes Nexus can as we meet all the accreditations required.

more infomation can be found on http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/meeting_energy/renewable_ener/feedin_tariff/fits_faqs/fits_faqs.aspx

 

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