Barker announces final FiT package

Greg Barker finally announced the full levels of the FiT scheme today. In February the Government embarked on an extended review of all non-solar FiT levels and today the Climate […]

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By Sumit Bose

Greg Barker finally announced the full levels of the FiT scheme today. In February the Government embarked on an extended review of all non-solar FiT levels and today the Climate Change Minister revealed how it would operate for hydro, wind, AD and micro CHP.

The changes will affect tariffs for all newly eligible FITs technologies from December onwards and vary between the kind of technologies and bands of generation.

For hydro power it varies from 21p/kWhr (less than 15kW generation) to 12.1p/kWhr (500kW and above), for wind the corresponding figures are 21p to 9.5p. For AD (anaerobic digestion) the levels start at 14.7p for less than 250kW plants down to 8.96p for plants of 500kW and above. Finally the micro CHP level (2kW generation) is to be set at 12.5p/kWhr.

Greg Barker claimed these levels were fair and bought clarity to the market. He said: “I want to provide long term certainty for those choosing to invest in all forms of small scale green electricity generation, not just solar and our changes to FITs will do just that.

“As well reducing tariffs over time for AD, hydro and small scale wind in line with uptake, we are introducing tariff guarantees for all technologies, great news for projects with long lead in times like hydro power.

“We are also planning to remove the energy efficiency requirement for community and school solar projects in recognition of the hard to treat nature of community buildings often involved in such schemes, and the educational benefits that they can bring. These types of projects will also be able to get tariff guarantees for installations of any size, making it easier for communities to get involved in clean green local energy generation.”

DECC is aiming to give certainty to the large scale commercial sector by introducing a system of preliminary accreditation so all AD and hydro installations and larger wind and PV installations (over 50 kW) will be able to know before construction what tariff they’ll get for six months to two years depending on the technology.

Todays levels will come into force from 1 December 2012. Solar FiT levels announced back in May will come into force from next month.