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14 Mar, 2010

UK Government finalises feed-in tariff proposals – renewable energy, solar power, solar energy, DIY, building

Posted by: Geoff Davis In: Climate change|Energy|Housing|Renewable energy|roofing|Solar devices|Solar power|Sustainable power|water|Wind turbine power

Solar panels in a car park in Hull, UK (not quite FIT but whatever)

Solar panels in a car park in Hull, UK (not quite FIT but whatever)

These proposals were set out a while back but we’ve been busy. The basic scheme is better than people expected with these figures:

A feed in tariff (FIT) allows home produced electricity from solar, wind, GSHP or water (etc) to compete on the grid, as national grid supplies are heavily subsidised.

Electricity is paid at a set rate. The new system pays for energy, whether you use it yourself or put it back into the grid.

This is in addition to any savings you make by using your own energy, or from selling back to the main supplier.

Feed-in tariff is set at

41.3p/kWh for a typical domestic solar photovoltaic PV installation.

26.7p/kWh for small wind turbines etc.

These rates are index linked to inflation over the life of the scheme (unless the Conservatives get in of course. Actually, do you believe Labour on green issues? I don’t think so).

Also there will be no income tax for people on revenue from the feed-in tariff, if the energy generated is used mainly by your own property (at the moment that is).

We will keep you posted of any developments.

See our pages at:

Energy microgeneration >

And Solar energy & solar power index >

Also Green building advice with renewable energy advice >

3 Responses to "UK Government finalises feed-in tariff proposals – renewable energy, solar power, solar energy, DIY, building"

1 | Scott McLean

March 15th, 2010 at 10:38 am


For anyone interested in the Feed-In Tariffs, we have this dedicated info site which contains virtually everything you would want to know – Also, don’t forget that the Renewable Heat Incentive is out for consultation and we have an info site for that too –

2 | Billy

March 20th, 2010 at 11:44 am


Gshp is a heat technology, not electricity. It will be eligible for the RHI but not fits. Also it’s disingenuous to have DIY in the title as DIY won’t be eligible, you have to use an MCS installer and product

3 | admin

March 20th, 2010 at 12:49 pm


Yes we know of a lot of DIY energy creating and saving methods, such as home made solar thermal or small solar cells.

The eco ethos started with home made devices and that enthusiasm is not ‘disingenuous’.

In fact you could say the DIY enthusiasm for ‘green’ has been commodified.

It was a quick blog, water can generate electricy, Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHP) are an energy saving technology (by heat transfer) and do not generate electrical current.

See our pages on Microgeneration at

MCS is Microgeneration Certification Scheme, see

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