Benefits of Solar PV


  • Free energy direct from the Sun
  • No noise, harmful emissions or gases are produced
  • Safety and reliability are proven
  • Each module lasts around at least 25 years
  • Systems can be recycled at the end of their life and the materials re-used
  • Power can be generated in remote areas that are not connected to the grid
  • Solar panels can be incorporated into the architecture of a building
  • The energy used to create a PV system can be recouped quickly
  • Solar power can create thousands of jobs
  • Solar contribute to the security of energy supply in every country
  • Solar PV is a Fit & Forget technology

Before you install solar PV you may want to read our solar PV installation checklist which highlights the things you need to consider before having solar PV installed. The checklist includes tips and advice on what you should do, and the questions to ask, before, during and after a visit from a solar PV installer.


At a glance:

What you need to know


  • All new installations appliying for FiT's from 15th January 2016 will be subject to a new FiT's scheme.
  • Generators are not affected by these changes if you have a FiT plan under the current scheme.
  • Applications for the current scheme close on 14th January 2016. Applications for the new scheme open on 8th February 2016.
  • The new scheme involves the intruduction of deployment caps. These caps limit capacity deployed under a tariff rate for each tehnology.
  • When a cap limit is reached (based on figures from the MCS database and Ofgem application records), there will be a queuing system for applicants who have missed out. This means their applications for FiTs accreditation are temporarily frozen and they are allocated a corresponding place in the queue for when the next cap opens.
  • Tariffs arfe not guarenteed once an application has been submitted. It is up to the FiT licensee to confirm the taiff secured with consumers once the application has been processed.


1 July 2017 to 30 September 2017



DescriptionTotal Installed Capacity (kW)Tariff (p/kWh)
Standard Solar photovoltaic receiving the higher rate 0-10 4.07
10-50 4.29
50-250 1.94
Standard solar photovoltaic receiving the middle rate 0-10 3.66
10-50 3.86
50-250 1.75
Standard solar photovoltaic receiving the lower rate 0-10 0.43
10-50 0.43
50-250 0.43
Standard large solar photovoltaic  250-1000 1.59
1000-5000 0.43
Stand-alone solar photovoltaic 0-5000 0.29

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