What is the Feed-In Tariffs scheme?

The Feed-In Tariffs (FIT) scheme is designed by the UK Government to encourage people to use renewable energy to power their homes. If you install an eligible renewable energy system, you could be paid for the electricity that you generate.

You can find out more information below about whether you're eligible, how to apply for the scheme, and how to submit meter readings for Feed-in Tariffs.

Can I get renewable energy Feed-In Tariffs?

You may be eligible for the FIT scheme if you generate your own electricity, for example through solar panels or a wind turbine. We'll provide payments at a set rate for each unit (kilowatt hour or kWh) of electricity you generate. The rates vary depending on:

  • the size of your system
  • what technology you install
  • when your system was installed
  • how energy efficient your home is

The programme is similar to the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, which also allows you to save energy depending on the type of heating system you use to power your home.

What kinds of renewable energy qualify for the Feed-In Tariffs scheme?

The renewable energy sources included in the scheme are:

  • Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels – panels turn sunlight into electricity. They don’t need direct sunlight to work and still generate electricity on a cloudy day.
  • Wind – turbines harness the power of the wind to generate electricity. A typical system can easily generate more power than your lights and electrical appliances use.
  • Anaerobic digestion – biogas is created in sealed tanks by bacteria feeding on energy crops or food waste. This can then be used as fuel to generate energy. Systems that create the gas using sewage and material in a landfill don't qualify for the FIT scheme.
  • Hydro generating station – turbines are driven by water to create electricity. Systems driven by waves, tidal flows (unless also driven by non-tidal flows), ocean currents, geothermal sources, or where the hydrostatic head of the water has been increased by pumping aren't eligible for the FIT scheme.
  • Micro combined heat and power (CHP) – these systems can be powered by fossil fuels but use the heat generated by creating electricity to also heat your home.

How do I apply for the Feed-In Tariff scheme?

To apply for the Feed-In Tariffs scheme, you first have to choose and install your generating equipment. Make sure the installation is done by a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) qualified professional and that you have the right certificates to be eligible for a FIT scheme.

You can then register with us using our application form, which you post back to us. We’ll look at the equipment you have and your application to determine how much you’ll be paid for the energy you generate.

You can find out more information from the scheme at Ofgem or from our terms and conditions.

How to give us FIT meter readings

The easiest way to give us readings is to use our Feed-In Tariff meter read form. It only takes a couple of minutes. Please note that you should only use this online form if we've asked you for readings. Please don't use it to give us your start readings.

You can also email us at fitreads@sse.com or give your meter readings by phone on 0345 071 7827. We're here 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to 2pm on Saturdays.

What are the current Feed-In Tariffs scheme rates, payments and charges?

The rate you get depends on the technology you use and the amount of electricity you generate. Once you’ve started receiving FIT payments, you’ll receive them for up to 20 years. The rate you get will change in line with inflation in accordance with the Retail Price Index (RPI). You can visit Ofgem for a list of the most current Feed-In Tariffs scheme rates, payments, and charges.

You can also find out more about other schemes and things you can do to save energy in your home.

How do I send a complaint about my Feed-In Tariff?

We hope you're happy with your Feed-In Tariff and the service we provide. But if you have a problem, you can call to let us know. The Government has produced two documents to help you with complaints about the Feed-In Tariff scheme. These are the Feed-In Tariff complaints process paper and the Feed-In Tariff complaints process leaflet.