It’s a fact: the new feed-in tariff will take effect from April 1, 2012. Next Sunday, the feed-in tariff rates for photovoltaic systems with a total installed capacity of 250 kW or less will fall, while a lower multi-installation tariff is introduced by the Government.
According to the Department of Energy and Climate Change website, that “multi-installation tariff applies to PV installations where the generator or nominated recipient for FITs already owns or receives FIT payments for more than 25 PV installations on different sites. Such installations will receive a tariff set at 80% of the level of the standard tariff.“
In addition, any property registering for solar feed-in tariff from Sunday will also need to prove their property meets minimum energy efficiency standards, that is, will have to gain at an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) of at least level D in order to benefit from the higher feed-in tariff rates. It’s estimated that around half of properties will be allowed to qualify for the incentive without investing in additional efficiency measures such as insulation or double glazing. All systems that do not reach a level D will receive 9p/kWh.
However, those projects that were completed before the 3rd of March will continue on the higher 43p tariff because the government has now lost a Supreme Court appeal to impose an effective cut-off date from December 12 2011.
Check the table below with the new tariffs for solar installations from April 1, 2012. (These rates do not include the annual RPI increase):New Feed in Tariffs applied by the Government from April 1, 2012. / Source: Solar Power Portal.
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These tariffs will change again in August 2012, when the new Feed-in Tariffs scheme start.
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