What is the Government
Feed-In Tariff scheme?

Feed-in Tariffs, otherwise known as FITs, is a UK Government scheme brought in to encourage homeowners and businesses to install their own small-scale renewable and low-carbon electricity generation technologies.

The scheme has been operating in the UK since 2011, and since then payments have been reducing over the years as the take up of renewable energy increased. The scheme is set to end completely after March 2019.

Here are the current components of the Feed-In Tariff scheme:
1. Generation Tariff

You will be paid a fixed rate for every unit (kWh) of electricity you generate – whether you use it or not.

2. Free daytime energy

Use as much of your generated energy as possible to maximise on savings by not drawing energy from the National Grid.

3. Export Tariff

You will also be paid a rate for every unit you don’t use in your home and export back to the National Grid. As there are no meters to measure export, the Government estimate this as being 50 per cent of electricity you generate and will pay you this regardless of what you use yourself.

Feed-In Tariff payments are tax-free, guaranteed for 20 years, and rise every year in line with inflation. It will be paid to you on a quarterly basis via a cheque or direct to your bank account, or some energy companies offer the chance to offset these payments against your energy bills.

If you have EVER considered solar in the past, now is definitely the right time to invest before these incentives are not available any more.

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Why have 1 million UK homeowners
chosen to go solar?

Solar Revolution

Every month in the news we read about energy price hikes due to increasing wholesale and distribution costs. Despite the Government’s best efforts to cap prices and pressurising energy companies to ensure transparency on bills, 2017 recorded an average rise of 8.4%, with one supplier increasing prices by over 12%! 2018 has also seen 43 price rises to date.

It’s no wonder that in the UK over 1,000,000 homes and businesses have chosen to protect themselves against these increases by installing a solar PV system and using their clean, self-generated energy as opposed to drawing from the grid, lessening the effect of these unstoppable rises and saving up to 75% on their energy bills for life.

Depending on the size and choice of technology, the cost of a solar PV system currently stands between £6,000 and £9,000. Whilst still available, the current Feed-In Tariff payment scheme can provide an additional cash benefit of up to £7,000* over the 20-year payment period. In effect this can cover the cost of a system, meaning that the energy savings made are virtually all profit, in addition to reducing the impact of future energy price rises.

*based on a 4kWP, South Facing, Brighton property, 40% roof tilt with predicted average inflation 4%, Generation Tariff 3.86p kWh, Export tariff 5.24p kWh = Year 1 benefit £293, 20 year benefit £7,119.

Harnessing the sun,
made simple.

How it works

Harnessing the sun,
made simple.

How it works

During the day, solar panels on your roof turn sunlight into DC electricity

An inverter changes the DC electricity to AC for use in your home

You use this energy to power your appliances immediately instead of drawing energy from the national grid

Any excess energy you generate will either be sent back to the grid or can be stored for when the sun isn’t shining!

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to photovoltaic technology. If you’d like to learn more about the science and technology behind solar PV, click below.

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Why solar is here to stay

Smart meters, time-of-use tariffs, battery storage, EV’s, grid sharing – the change in how we use and get billed for our energy is changing, and fast! Solar is the one constant that will help a home be more self-sufficient and not be as impacted by increased demand and sudden changes to charging structures:

Electric Vehicles

There has been a change of attitude globally as Governments have implemented policies to help accelerate the growth of EVs. The policy which has gained most publicity in the UK, since the Paris Climate Change agreement, is that the UK Government plan to ban the sale of diesel and petrol cars by 2040.

With these public pressures, some of the largest carmakers in the world are committing to manufacturing more electrified models. For example, Ford, the UK’s best-selling car maker, has stated they will have 40 different EVs available by 2022. EVs have become a much more viable option for homeowners, especially when combined with solar PV, you can reduce your carbon footprint and financially benefit from making a positive change.

Currently, the average unit (kWh) price for electricity is ~15p. Depending on a number of factors, an EV will cover a different amount of miles per kWh. For example, The Audi A3 Sportback e-Tron charged at home would have a cost of 4.3p per mile. If the car were to travel 10,000 miles each year then this would require 3,103.45 kWh. This is an annual cost of £465.52 to charge the car. Typically, a home can have a 4 kW solar PV system installed and can expect to produce between 3,600 – 3,800 kWh per year of free energy. This would cover the entire charging costs of the EV and still have some power to help power your home for free.

Energy Trading

Managing the supply and demand of electricity is something the aging National Grid is trying to forecast. Increased demand through the growth of EVs and the planned demise of gas as a way of heating a home has meant that the future supply of electricity at peak times is uncertain.

Energy trading is a concept that looks to provide a solution to this issue, where homeowners with solar and storage will store their surplus energy for future use (i.e. for the evenings or low solar producing days) or, will be paid to use this stored energy when the grid requires extra power. In addition, when the grid is producing too much energy, for example when wind turbines are over producing, you will be asked to store energy in your battery for free, rather than energy companies paying compensation to the wind farms to turn their turbines off.

As lithium storage becomes more popular, efficient and sophisticated in terms of what it can do, energy trading will grow in popularity and will provide an additional income and increased savings.

Storage

With a solar PV system, there will be peak times during the day that you will be generating, and peak times you will be using energy.

Most households peak use tends to be in the mornings and late afternoon/evenings. In winter months, there is little or no daylight at these times. Reversely, when the system is generating at its maximum, households are usually unable to make full use of all the electricity that is being generated and therefore it is sent back to the grid. A storage system saves the unused daytime peak energy for when your home needs it the most, meaning that you can use your free energy 24 hours a day.

In addition, many batteries have the ability to charge from the grid – meaning that as a top-up on low solar energy producing days, you can make use of low/off peak tariffs like TIDE or Economy 7, making huge savings forever.

Climate Change

Government pressures to curb rising temperatures through reducing carbon emissions are well documented. We are all encouraged to do our bit to reduce the impact of our lifestyle on the environment; whether it’s through recycling, conserving water, replacing lightbulbs, eating less meat or reducing our use of single use plastics.

Owning a solar PV system has many environmental benefits, the main benefit being reducing the carbon footprint of a home. Self-generating energy through solar panels does not emit any CO2, unlike burning fossil fuels to produce our energy through coal and gas fired power stations.

There has never been
a better time

The 31st March 2019 sounds like a far distance away, however, to benefit from this valuable payment that could pay you up to £7,000 over the course of 20 years (remember, this is around the cost to purchase a PV system!), installation will need to be completed, working and registered before this date.

Demand will inevitably be high as home owners discover that this tariff is being removed. Therefore, if you have ever thought that solar PV could benefit you in ways of reduced bills, protection from energy price hikes, future-proofing your home, plus all the environmental benefits that come with it, then please don’t delay!

Book your free, no obligation appointment with our award winning Energy Advisers NOW!

Easier than one,
two, three.

The Solar Plants process.

Relax, advising on solar technology is something we have been doing for years…here is what to expect:

Easier than one,
two, three

The Solar Plants process.

Relax, advising on solar technology is something we have been doing for years…here is what to expect:

Desktop Survey

We don’t want to waste your valuable time if solar isn’t suitable for your property! Once you have confirmed an interest, we will conduct a desktop survey to check the size, orientation and pitch of your roof, looking out for obvious issues that could affect the performance of a system. We will also discuss with you your energy usage and bills. When we are satisfied that a solar PV installation would be of benefit, we will schedule an appointment for one of our national Energy Advisers to visit.

Free Financial Report

Our energy adviser will conduct a thorough survey of your home and will take time to explain how the technology works, where it will be installed and what your ‘solar payback’ will be (tariff payments, savings and payback time). You may also be made aware of other products that could increase the performance of your system, or make your energy usage smarter once solar is installed. All of this information is packaged into a report that will be left with you to ponder over in your own time.

When You’re Ready

We won’t keep badgering you for a decision, and if you have further questions our energy advisers, customer services team or on-line chat team are just a click or a call away. But when you are ready, just complete and return the paperwork and you will soon be placed into the capable hands of our customer service and installation teams.

Your solar powered future is just a few clicks away.

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