What is the Smart Export Guarantee?

The Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) is a government scheme that allows households to get paid for any extra renewable energy they generate. If you generate electricity at home from natural resources, like sun or wind, you can sell any energy you don’t use to the National Grid.

SSE is proud to be a SEG licensee.

What is the SSE SEG tariff?

The details of our SEG tariff are as follows:

Tariff name: Smart Export tariff

Tariff rate: 3.5 pence for each unit (kilowatt hour or kWh)

Tariff type: Variable

Eligible technologies: Onshore wind, solar photovoltaic (solar PV), hydro, micro combined heat and power (micro-CHP), anaerobic digestion (AD)

Eligible system size: Solar, anaerobic digestion, hydro, wind up to 5MW capacity, up to 50kW for micro combined heat and power (micro-CHP)

Eligible meters: SMETS1 or SMETS2 smart meter (or a meter capable of measuring at half-hourly intervals)

Your installation must be certified under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) for solar, wind and micro-CHP below 50kW, or have EN 40511 accreditation (or equivalent) for solar and wind installations above 50kW and for all hydro installations.

You can’t be receiving an export tariff payment for your installation under another renewable scheme.

Please see our SEG terms and conditions for full details to check if you’re eligible.

I’ve got a Feed-In Tariff. Do I have to switch to the Smart Export tariff?

No. If you currently get Feed-In Tariff (FIT) payments, you’ll continue to receive them until your contract ends. The SEG is designed for new generators of renewable energy. It started on 1 January 2020 and replaces the FIT scheme, which closed to new applicants on 31 March 2019.

But you may find it beneficial to transfer from FIT to SEG, depending on your current FIT agreement. To transfer, you just need to let us know your current FIT provider when you apply for the Smart Export tariff.

How do I apply for the Smart Export tariff?

You can apply for the Smart Export tariff by filling out our SEG application form. Please scan or take a clear photo of your completed form and any supporting documents and email them to us at seg@sse.com

Or if you prefer, you can print out the form and post your completed application to us here: SSE Plc, 4 Penner Road, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 1QH.

When will I receive my Smart Export tariff payment?

We’ll pay you once a year for the energy you export to the grid. You’ll need to give us a meter reading at least once a year, as we’ll work out your payments based on your readings.

How do I give meter readings for my Smart Export tariff?

You’ll give us your initial meter reading on your SEG application form. After that, you can send meter readings to seg@sse.com

Where can I find out more?

You can learn more about how the Smart Export Guarantee works from Ofgem, the government regulator. Ofgem also has useful guidance for SEG generators, including details about contracts, payments and more.