You've got until the end of July to install solar PV and qualify for the 21p feed-in tariff

DECC has announced changes to the feed-in tariff for solar PV which will give some clarity for the future:

  • The next tariff reduction has been delayed until 1st August, giving wavering householders another month to install and qualify for the current tariff of 21p/unit.  Installers have been offering discounts to stimulate householders to make up their minds after the uncertainty of the last six months, eg  Joju solar
  • From 1st August the Feed-in tariff will go down to 16p/unit and the export tariff will go up to 4.5p/unit.  This will still give householders a 6% return on their investments, it is claimed by DECC.  The period of the scheme will be reduced from 25 years to 20 years.
  • Future reductions will be 3.5% per quarter, but will be increased or delayed depending on uptake.

Solar installers are breathing a sigh of relief as they were expecting a bigger cut.  At last they will be able to offer some clarity to their customers about the financial returns on solar systems.

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