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Solar Panel Feed in Tariff 2016 updated for 2017

Solar Panel Feed in Tariff 2016

Changes to the Solar Panel Feed in Tariff  – Updated for 2017

The UK feed in tariff for Solar PV Panels (FIT’s)was implemented to provide a cash based incentive for property owners to move to renewable energy and has been running successfully for a number of years, however, it has been regularly reduced for new installations under the format known as “degression” and the latest proposed changes are due to be effective from January 2016.

The reduction  in the income from the FIT’s has been balanced by the significant reduction in the cost of installing solar panels – as an example a 4kW system that would have cost over £20,000 in 2009 can now be found for less than a third of that price.

Considering the longer term outlook for “making a mint” from solar panels it is one that is not going to last much longer as the degression will eventually eliminate the income stream. But that is not to say that installing solar panels is not worthwhile as even without the tariff income, you would still save on your electricity bills.

Table of Changes

According to the Energy Savings Trust, a South Facing 4 kilowatt system could create £540 per year in tariff income and save £127 per year on your bills (assuming £100 per month current electricity bill) and £12,000 over the lifetime of the tariff.

Changes to the Solar Panel Feed in Tariff - Updated for 2017This information is courtesy of

  • Consumers will have to provide EPC rating details for the property upon application for the FIT. If your Energy Performance Certificate does not show your property in band D and above the lower rate will be the one that applies.
  • Once you are allocated the Low rate you keep it – even if you upgrade your property EPC afterward.
  • Tariff is paid for 20 years
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