As of April 1 2019, the Government closed the Feed-in-Tariff to new applications looking for subsidies for extra electricity generated from solar panels.
Residents who are not already part of the scheme can no longer receive subsidies for the extra electricity generated by solar PV.
Those that are already part of the scheme will not be affected by this change in policy and can still receive a subsidy for each kilowatt hour of electricity generated and fed into the grid.
The end of the scheme, in part, is a result of the success of the scheme and the booming increase in householders choosing to fit solar panels to their roof.
The scheme also had a restriction in funding in the years leading up to its closure, with payment rates reducing and becoming less attractive to consumers.
Could the Smart Export Guarantee replace the Feed-in-Tariff?
The Government announced in June 2019 that the new Smart Export Guarantee will reward homes that put their excess renewable energy into the grid with payments.
By January 1st 2020, energy companies with more than 150,000 customers will have to offer a tariff to buy excess renewable electricity from households generating it.
This will include all forms of household generated renewable energy, not just solar panels.
Energy suppliers will be able to set their own prices, so households will need to identify the companies offering the best deals.
The amount of electricity put back into the grid will only be calculated by smart meters, therefore these will be a requirement for those wishing to take part in the scheme.
Suppliers don’t have to offer Smart Export Guarantee tariffs until 2020, and it is unclear whether the rates offered by energy suppliers will be as lucrative as the subsidies offered in the Feed-In-Tariff.
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