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The Government's current consultation on feed-in tariffs for solar photovoltaics (PV) sets out two options for strengthening the link between energy efficiency and FITs. The first option is that only buildings with an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of level C would be eligible for the standard FITs rates for solar PV.
The costs of reaching level C will vary depending on the base-level energy performance of the building in question. However, we estimate that for a typical house, an investment of up to £5,600 in energy efficiency measures may be required to bring a property up to level C.
From autumn 2012, the measures necessary to meet level C would be largely financeable through the Green Deal. Prior to that, the carbon emissions reduction target (CERT) scheme may also be able to provide a proportion of the installation costs for the more basic measures.