The government’s proposals for updating the Feed-in Tariff have been largely well received by the industry, following a prolonged period of uncertainty.
The reforms include establishing the 21p/kWh for domestic solar PV installations, effective from 1 April, with an eligibility date of 3 March.
The government had previously outlined a requirement for properties installing solar PV panels to comply with an Energy Performance Certificate rating of C to quality.
This has now been changed to an EPC rating of D, which DECC estimates currently includes approximately 50 per cent of all properties.
The tariff for mCHP installations will rise from 10.5p/kWh to 12.5p/kWh, with the export tariff remaining at 3p/kWh.
The latter was welcomed by Simon Osborne, Baxi spokesperson, who said: “micro-CHP has massive potential in the UK, delivering more usable energy for each pound spent. The effect of an improved Feed-in Tariff will definitely stimulate demand, as well as interest and awareness.”
Brendan Dow, Ceramic Fuel Cells managing director, said: “The proposed tariff increase is certainly a step in the right direction, although it falls short of the 15 pence tariff advocated by the group of companies most actively promoting m-CHP in the UK. We look forward to our ongoing consultation with the Government to achieve their vision of bringing clean energy products into more UK homes.”
There has also been encouraging developments within the Renewable Heat Incentive, according to BEAMA, the Micropower Council and the Heat Pump Association, with a government announcement expected to clarify how this will be phased in.
Kelly Butler, BEAMA marketing director, said: “We are hoping to see announcements confirming regular long-term incentives for renewable heat in the next month or so, along with a commitment to align RHI with Green Deal as soon as possible.”