Solar households to be paid for excess power after UK government U-turn

(EurActiv, 9 Jan 2019) The UK government has made a U-turn on its decision to end the solar “export tariff”, confirming that households which install solar panels in the future will be paid for excess power they generate and send to the grid. EURACTIV’s media partner reports.

Officials from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) last month said the Government would be ending the “export tariff” for solar panels under the feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme, which is closing in April.

The decision, which meant that people installing solar panels on their estate after April 2019 would not have been paid for sending excess power to the grid, sparked outrage from homeowners, green campaign groups and renewable industry bodies alike.

However, the UK government has today (8 January) overturned its decision, promising to replace the FiT scheme with an updated framework.

Under the new scheme, which will be called the smart export guarantee (SEG) programme, households and businesses installing new solar panels will be guaranteed compensation for any power provided to the grid.

Solar-generated power put onto the grid through the scheme will be bid for by electricity suppliers – a clause BEIS claims will give exporters the best market price and greater control on how their power is brought and sold.

“This new scheme could help us to build a bridge to the smart energy system of the future, with consumers firmly at its heart – not only buying electricity but being guaranteed payments for excess electricity they can supply to the grid,” Energy Minister Claire Perry said.

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