Solar dominates UK FiT scheme


Head of FiTs of the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change, Alisdair Grainger, told participants at Solar Power UK in Birmingham that 98.2% of installations under the FiT in the UK are now from PV. The Head of FiTs made a very strong attempt to reassure the audience that cuts to and degression of the FiT in the UK was a positive move.

UK deployment data will be used by the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (Ofgem) to determine the FiT payment rates for solar PV installations.

Details are as follows:

Installations with declared net capacity of:Aggregate capacity deployed in period:
>0–10kW163,769
>10–50kW57,091
>50kW and standalone13,938


For the medium term, Government is planning to form stronger links to the Green Deal, monitor the impact of quarterly degressions in order to make improvements to the scheme. In the longer term, Grainger said that a new FiT is currently being developed and grid parity was just around the corner. A remark echoed by Ray Noble, PV specialist, Solar Trade Association.