The Feed-in Tariff: Closure of the scheme
Today BEIS has confirmed the closure of the Feed-in Tariff, including the export tariff, from March 31st 2019. The scheme will close in full to new applicants.
Both the generation and export tariff are set to close. No re-allocation of unused budget will be taken forward. Queuing projects in over-subscribed deployment caps will not be eligible for payments.
Some grace periods have been proposed – including a 12-month grace period for “RO-FIT” scale hydro, anaerobic digestion, solar PV and wind (with a declared net capacity over 50kW installations) that apply for preliminary accreditation on or before March 31st2019, are accepted into a cap, but then suffer grid/radar delay beyond their control.
A decision on whether to take forward further consultation on the issue of replacing generating equipment will be made in due course.
This is not in line with the vast majority of responses received (314 disagreed, 16 agreed with the proposals) and the comments set out in our response to the consultation and call for evidence on the future landscape for small-scale low-carbon generation.
Government ‘note in particular the comments received on the importance of maintaining a route to market for small-scale renewable generation after 31 March” and, following the Call for Evidence, will “follow this up with specific proposals for future arrangements in due course”. We have received a phone call from BEIS this morning, confirming that they are working up options to transition out of the FiT and will be consulting. No timescales for this are confirmed
The full document setting out this decision can be found here.