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Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2011, Official Report, columns 315-6W, on renewable energy: feed-in tariffs, if he will make it his policy to ensure that all solar PV installations with a commissioning date before 12 December 2011 are eligible for the existing tariff level.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

An installation becomes eligible for feed-in tariffs (FITs) from its eligibility date. The term “eligibility date” is defined in condition 33 of the standard conditions of electricity supply licences, and is the latter of either:

(a) the date on which the installation is commissioned; or

(b) the date on which a valid application for FITs has been received by either Ofgem (in the case of solar photovoltaic (PV) installations with a declared net capacity of over 50kW) or a FIT licensee (in the case of solar PV installations with a declared net capacity of up to 50kW).

Our consultation on FITs for solar photovoltaics (PV) proposes that new tariffs will be implemented from 1 April 2012 but will apply to all new PV installations with an eligibility date on or after a proposed “reference date” of 12 December 2011. For the majority of solar PV installations, the eligibility date will be the date on which a valid application is received by the FITs licensee, normally the applicant's electricity supplier.

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