Feed-in tariff (FiT)—accreditation
Produced in partnership with Clyde & Co
Feed-in tariff (FiT)—accreditation

The following Energy practice note Produced in partnership with Clyde & Co provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Feed-in tariff (FiT)—accreditation
  • Introduction
  • Closure of the FiT
  • Accreditation under the FIT scheme
  • Applying for accreditation
  • Preliminary accreditation (also referred to as ‘pre-accreditation’)
  • Changes to applications submitted on or after 15 January 2016
  • Preliminary accreditation to final accreditation
  • Accreditation
  • The eligibility date
  • More...

Introduction

Feed-in-Tariffs (FiTs) are a support payment for electricity generated from low-carbon sources. They consist of guaranteed payments for a fixed period of time, to producers of small-scale low-carbon electricity, paid per kilowatt hour (p/kWh). FiTs are paid by electricity suppliers, who pass the additional cost on to their customers, so the additional cost of renewable electricity is spread over the entire electricity market.

See Practice Note: Feed-in tariff (FiT)—key features for wider information on the FiT scheme and the Feed-in tariff scheme tracker which displays the current status and most recent developments in relation to the scheme, covering consultations, regulatory guidance publications and key amendments to the FiT scheme. For Ofgem's guidance on the ROO-FiT accreditation process see: Ofgem: Essential Guide to applying for ROO-FiT accreditation.

Closure of the FiT

On 19 July 2018, BEIS confirmed (as anticipated) that the FiT was to close to new accreditation applications from 1 April 2019 (although in certain circumstances the deadline is in fact earlier or later). For a detailed explanation of the closure of the FiT, the background to this announcement, and issues associated with it, see Practice Note: Feed-in tariffs (FiT)—closure in 2019 and the future for small-scale low-carbon generation. Projects that have accredited prior to the relevant deadline will not be directly impacted.

Accreditation under the FIT scheme

Installations can be 'accredited' for FiT support in one of two

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