Renewables and the Feed in Tariff Scheme

iSupplyEnergy Ltd is an Ofgem licensed voluntary Feed in Tariff scheme (FITs) supplier, which means that we are involved in helping some of our customers generate green electricity.

As a voluntary FIT supplier we are only accepting applications for the Feed in Tariff scheme from our own supply customers. 

What is the Feed in Tariff Scheme?

The Feed In Tariff scheme (FITs) is a new environmental programme introduced by the Government to promote widespread uptake of a range of small-scale renewable and low carbon electricity generation technologies.

It became available in Great Britain on the 1st April 2010 and will help deliver the UK's 2020 renewable energy targets.

It is a financial incentives scheme providing renewable generators with a 20 year (or 25 years for Solar PV) guaranteed unit tariff payment for electricity generation and export to the grid.

What we do

Under this scheme energy suppliers such as iSupplyEnergy make regular payments to householders, communities and businesses that generate their own electricity from renewable or low carbon sources including, for example, solar photo voltaic panels (PV) or wind turbines.

If you are a scheme installer, administrator or your scheme has multiple generators and / or sites please contact us for further details of how iSupplyEnergy can help you.

Please contact us: FITregistration@isupplyenergy.co.uk 

The technology

The scheme covers the following electricity-generating technologies, up to an installation size of 5 Mega Watts:

  • Solar electricity (PV) (roof mounted or stand alone)
  • Wind turbine (building mounted or free standing)
  • Hydroelectricity
  • Anaerobic digestion
  • Micro combined heat and power (micro CHP) (limited to a pilot at this stage)

The FITs scheme guarantees a minimum payment for all electricity generated by the system, as well as a separate payment for the electricity exported to the national grid. These payments are in addition to the savings made by using the electricity generated on-site. You will be paid for all the electricity you generate, even if you use it all on site.

Current tariff payment schedule.

You will qualify for the full FITs payments if:

  • The technology was installed between 15th July 2009 and 31st March 2010 and you transferred to FITs before 1st April 2010; OR
  • It is installed after 1st April 2010 using an MCS* certificated product and installer

* The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) is an independent scheme that certificates microgeneration products under 50kW and installers in accordance with consistent standards. Any commercial or larger scale systems, over 50kW, and all anaerobic digestion installations must apply directly through the Renewables Obligation Order feed-in tariff process for larger installations (ROO-FITs) process as they are not covered by the MCS. Information on the ROO-FITs process is available on Ofgem's website.

How you benefit

If you are eligible to receive the FITs then you will benefit in 3 ways:

1. Generation tariff – iSupplyEnergy will pay you a set rate for each unit (or kWh) of electricity you generate. The tariff will remain the same for 20 years or 25 years in the case of solar electricity (PV). Current tariff payment schedule.

2. Export tariff - you will be paid a further rate from iSupplyEnergy for each unit you export back to the national grid. The export rate is currently the same for all technologies unless you decide to opt out of the fixed export tariff (if applicable). The amount of exported electricity is either deemed* or measured using a separate export meter.

3. Electricity bill savings – because you are generating electricity to help power your home or business you will not have to buy as much electricity from your supplier. The amount you save will vary depending how much of the electricity you use on site.

* Deemed export
FITs installations below 30kW have their export deemed (estimated) at 50% of the amount generated unless an export meter has been fitted.

Larger scale technologies (above 30kW) require an export meter. If you want to opt out of the guaranteed export tariff you must inform us. You may want to do this if you chose to use a power purchase agreement. (This is a legal contract between you and your electricity provider.)

Grants: how your installation is funded will also affect your FITs eligibility. You will need to contact the organisation who provided your funding for more information.

For businesses wishing to participate in the scheme the Carbon Trust can be contacted
on 0800 085 2005 or by going to the Carbon Trust website.

Application process

  1. Check that your technology qualifies for the scheme
  2. You can request a FITs application pack by email from:FITregistration@isupplyenergy.co.uk
    To receive an application form please provide your full name and postal address. We will send you the application form by return.
  3. Complete our FITs application form and provide the required proof documents

    To fully pre-register you on our system, we require copies of:

    • Your completed FITs application form.
    • A copy of The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) certificate for your installation. If you have not yet received this please contact your installer.
    • Proof of Identity. A photo-copy of your passport or drivers license or equivalent identification document (fire arms licence/national identity card). Please do not send original documents.
    • Proof of Address:
      • utility bills
      • bank statements
      • council tax bills or equivalent documents
    • Proof of Ownership (e.g. photo-copy of your final invoice)for your Microgeneration installation)
      • If you are not the owner then proof of the relationship between you and the owner.
    • An EPC certificate with a rating of D or higher

    Return this information to us and we will process your application.

    You should also provide us with a start meter reading at this stage

  4. Once we have validated and processed your application we will register the installation on the Central FIT register. Once the installation has been accredited on the Register we will send you a FITs scheme summary together with the scheme Terms and Conditions. Carefully read and sign the FITs summary and the Statement of Terms before returning both documents.
  5. Once we receive the signed FITs Summary and Terms and Conditions; we will confirm that iSupplyEnergy will be your Feed in Tariff supplier. We will send you an email confirmation to state that you are now fully registered on the Central FIT Register.
  6. You then only need to contact us to provide us with your three month (quarterly) meter readings.

Please note:
If the application form is incomplete, we will contact you and ask you to re-apply.
If you have any queries about this please refer to http://www.ofgem.gov.uk/FITS. 

Meter reading

To ensure that you get paid as soon as possible for your generation and export it is important to supply us with regular meter readings. We can only pay you based on the readings you supply. You can provide us with meter readings at any time. However to optimise your payment schedule we need meter readings on or just before:

  • 30th June
  • 30th September
  • 31st December
  • 31st March

Please ensure that you quote your FITs Number and meter serial number when submitting a meter reading. Meter reads without a FITs Number will not be accepted. Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure meter reads are received by us by the deadline to ensure prompt payment. If you have an export meter you will need to provide us with readings from both the generation meter and the export meter.

You can submit meter reads by e-mail to: FITregistration@isupplyenergy.co.uk

Payment

Once you have provided (and we have accepted and verified) your quarterly reading (and the FITs period has ended) then payment will be made to you within 20 working days of receipt by us of the cleared levelisation payment from Ofgem (which is normally 25 working days after the end of the quarterly period).

If you don't provide us with a meter reading or we are unable to validate the meter read provided within the calendar schedule above, your FITs payments will be delayed until the next applicable quarter.

If you are a scheme administrator or your scheme has multiple generators and / or sites please contact us for further details of how iSupplyEnergy can help you.

Maximise your savings by carrying out these energy efficiency measures

Before you invest in renewable or low carbon energy systems you should always make sure your house is as energy efficient as possible so that the energy you generate is not wasted. You should ensure you have carried out the following measures:

  • Ensure you have adequate loft and cavity wall insulation.
  • Check you have installed heating controls
  • Replace all old bulbs with low energy lighting
  • Always buy Energy Saving Recommended rated appliances

These measures will help lower your energy bills, and ensure that the energy you generate is used as effectively as possible.

To find out how to make your home more energy efficient visit the Energy Saving Trust website

Once your system is installed you should review the way you use energy in the home so you can make the most of the energy you generate. For example, solar electricity panels only generate electricity during the daylight hours, so it's a good idea to use the washing machine and dishwasher during the day, rather than at night time. This means you can minimise the amount of electricity you have to buy from your supplier.

FIT FAQs

We have listed below responses to some of the most frequently asked questions about Feed in Tariffs. If you cannot find the answer to your question below please contact us: FITregistration@isupplyenergy.co.uk

  1. Do I need to change my electricity supply to you?
    No. iSupplyEnergy will deliver your FITs administration and payments. Your electricity will continue to be supplied by your regular supplier, unless you choose to switch supplier.
  2. How do I register for the Feed in Tariff (FITs)?

    You can request a FITs application form by email from: FITregistration@isupplyenergy.co.uk

    We will then e-mail you an application form which you will need to fill in and return to us by email. To fully pre-register you on our system, we require copies of:

      • Your completed FITs application form.
      • A copy of The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) certificate for your installation. If you have not yet received this please contact your installer.
      • Proof of Identity. A photo-copy of your passport or drivers license (Please do not send original documents).
      • Proof of Address
      • Proof of Ownership (e.g. photo-copy of your final invoice for your Microgeneration installation)
        • If you are not the owner then proof of the relationship between you and the owner
      • An EPC certificate for your property

    If the application form is incomplete, we will contact you and ask you to re-apply. If you have any queries about this please refer to http://www.ofgem.gov.uk/FITS

  3. What is my eligibility date (the date from when my FITs payments will start)?

    Your eligibility date is the latest of:

    • The date that we receive your fully completed application.
    • The commissioning date of your installation
  4. When is my next FITs meter reading due?

    To ensure that you get paid sooner for your generation and export it is important to supply us with regular meter readings. We can only pay you based on the readings you supply. You can provide us with meter readings at any time. However to accelerate your payments we need meter readings on or before:

    • 30th June
    • 30th September
    • 31st December
    • 31st March
  5. How do I provide you with my quarterly meter reading?

    Please ensure that you quote your FITs Number and meter serial number when submitting a meter reading. Meter reads without a FITs Number will not be accepted. Please note that it is the customer's responsibility to ensure meter reads are received by us by the deadline to ensure prompt payment. If you have an export meter you will need to provide us with readings from both the generation meter and the export meter.

    You can submit meter reads by e-mail to: FITregistration@isupplyenergy.co.uk

  6. Can my start meter reading start from zero?

    The meter read on your application form should be taken on the day you complete and return your application form to us. Meters installed may not start from zero. We must receive your application form within 5 working days of completion in order for us to accept the meter read. If we receive your application more than 5 working days since you read your meter, we will contact you for a new meter read. You will not be eligible to claim for any generation before receipt of a valid meter reading.

  7. Why do you need a photo of my meter?

    We are required to check the amount of energy you generate against the information provided on your MCS certificate. If the amount of energy generated, based on your quarterly meter reading, is significantly higher than predicted, we will request a photo of your meter reading so that the Regulator (Ofgem) is satisfied that we have performed the necessary fraud prevention checks before sending out FITs payments.

  8. I have sent in all my pre-registration documents. What happens next?

    Please note: it may take 4 - 6 weeks to process your application. Please contact us again if you have not heard from us regarding your application within 6 weeks.

    Once we have processed your application we will send you a FITs scheme summary together with the scheme Terms and Conditions. Once received, carefully read and sign the FITs summary and the Terms and Conditions before returning both documents. Please note, that you are required to return the full Terms and Conditions, not just the signed back page. We are not permitted to make FITs payments to you until we have received the signed Terms and Conditions.

  9. I have returned my signed Terms and Conditions and summary to iSupplyEnergy.
    What happens next?

    Once we receive the signed FITs Summary and Terms and Conditions, we will confirm your registration on our systems and on OFGEM's FITs register stating that iSupplyEnergy will be your Feed in Tariff supplier. We will send you an email confirmation to state that you are now fully registered. After which, you only need to contact us to provide us with your three month (quarterly) meter readings.

  10. How does the export tariff work / how was my payment calculated?

    If you do not have an export meter, the Industry Regulators have advised that the deemed export payment is a percentage of the electricity you have generated. The deemed percentage varies by technology type – for 2011/2012 these have been set at:

      • 50% for solar photovoltaic
      • 50% for wind
      • 50% for anaerobic digestors (AD)
      • 75% for hydro

    Based on a Solar PV installation below 4kW this would be calculated as follows:

    If your start reading is 00050 and your 3 month (quarterly) reading is 00150:

    00150 - 00050 = 100 kWh of generation

    100kWh x 43.3p = £43.30

    100kWh x 50% = 50kWh (this is your deemed export amount)

    50kWh x 3.1p = £1.55

    Total payment = £43.30 + £1.55 = £44.85

    If you have an export meter for your installation the payment will be calculated based on the generation meter reading and the export meter reading.

  11. How and when can I expect my next FITs payment?

    Once you have provided (and we have accepted and verified) your quarterly reading (and the FITs period has ended) then payment will be made to you within 20 working days of receipt by us of the cleared levelisation payment from Ofgem (which is normally 25 working days after the end of the quarterly period).

  12. Can my payment be offset against my electricity bill?

    No, your FITs payment and utility bills are separate and cannot be offset against one another. You will still need to pay your electricity supplier bill as normal. You will however benefit from a reduction in your electricity bill because of your own generation.

  13. What if I want my FITs payments to be made to someone else?

    Under the FITs scheme you can nominate a third party to receive your FITs payments. For further details contact us by e-mail: FITregistration@isupplyenergy.co.uk

  14. What is an EPC?

    EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. They carry ratings that compare the current energy efficiency and estimated costs of energy use with potential figures that your home could achieve. More details are available at www.direct.gov.uk.

  15. Why do I need an EPC if I am having solar panels fitted?
    The energy efficiency rating of your home will determine the generation tariff payment rate you receive from the FIT scheme. The rules concerning this aspect of the FIT scheme have recently changed and you should carefully read and understand the latest rules in relation to this. Further information can be found on the Energy Saving Trust website.

Contact Us

If you have any further enquiries Contact Us or by e-mail:FITregistration@isupplyenergy.co.uk

Useful links:

Ofgem FITs information.

DECC FITs information.

The Energy Saving Trust FITs information.

The Microgeneration Certification Scheme.