Feed-in Tariff scheme to close April 2019

Sun sets on subsidised solar, which has taken the lion’s share of FiT support

Government has confirmed that the Feed-in Tariff subsidy scheme for smaller scale renewables projects will close next April.

The department for business, energy and industrial strategy (Beis) does not plan to replace the scheme – and there will be no grace period for queued projects that miss the cut off date.

Beis said it may also move to stop those with early high tariffs earning higher subsidies should they replace their generation with more efficient technology, though it has yet to decide how to approach that aspect.

While stating that small scale generation should be able to compete without subsidy in a level playing field, the department has launched a call for evidence around the value of small-scale renewables to the UK energy system, and how government and the private sector can help address existing market barriers.

See the call for evidence here.

See the FiT closure details here.

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