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Finance & Incentives

Incentives are available for electricity-generating
installations (Feed-in Tariffs) and for heat-generating
installations (Renewable Heat Incentive).

EPC Requirements

From the 1st April 2012 customers must provide an EPC with their Feed-in Tariff (FIT) application showing the energy efficiency of the building the installation is attached to or wired to provide electricity to is a level D or above.

This is not an MCS requirement therefore it is the customer’s responsibility to obtain the EPC before they apply for the FITs.

The MCS Contractor must ensure they inform their customer of this requirement when quoting a price for the installation.

EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate, and is valid for 10 years from the date of issue unless a new assessment is made and a new certificate issued.

The certificate gives an asset rating which indicates how energy efficient a building is. The rating band is between A and above (most energy efficient) to G (least energy efficient).

The Energy Performance of Buildings (“EPB”) Regulations require an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) to be obtained whenever a building is constructed or marketed for sale or rent. The certificate gives an asset rating which indicates how energy efficient a building is.

More information on EPCs can be found on the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) website and the Scottish Government website.

You can search for an EPC assessor that is based in your area by following this link

Ofgem have recently updated their guidance regarding when an EPC is required for a MCS installation who then wish to apply for the Feed-in Tariffs incentive.

The revised energy efficiency requirement are as follows:

  • For installations with an application date on or after 10 May 2016, the EPC of level D or above must have been issued before the commissioning date of the FIT installation.
  • For installations with an application date before 10 May 2016 but on or after 15 January 2016 an EPC level of D or above must have been issued on or before the commissioning date.
  • For installations with an application date of before 15 January 2016 an EPC level D or above must have been issued on or before the Eligibility Date of the FIT installation.

To Note:

  • Any installation that has not acquired an EPC of level D or above at or before these dates will receive the lower tariff.
  • Extensions with a commissioning date on or after 15 January 2016 are no longer eligible for FIT payments.

Further information is available in the Ofgem document: Feed-in Tariff: Guidance for Licensed Electricity Suppliers. Please ensure you read the latest version of this document.

An EPC must be obtained if the installation is on or wired to provide electricity to a relevant building. Please see the following examples:

  1. NON RELEVANT BUILDING: If the system is installed on a barn and only provides electricity to the barn.
  2. RELEVANT BUILDING: If the system is installed on a barn and provides electricity to a farm house you must get an EPC for the farm house.

There are situations where it will not be possible to get an EPC for the building that the installation is on or wired to provide electricity to, as it does not fall within the definition of ‘building’ as detailed in the Directive 2002/91/EC (Please see full definition below) . In these cases the customer must provide evidence that the building is unable to achieve an EPC rating of D or above. One option to demonstrate this could be for the customer to provide a document from an EPC assessor which confirms that it was not possible to obtain an EPC for the building and the reasons why.

Directive 2002/91/EC on the energy performance of buildings defines “building” as “a roofed construction having walls, for which energy is used to condition the indoor climate; a building may refer to the building as a whole or parts thereof that have been designed or altered to be used separately.” 

It is the FIT Licensees responsibility to check the energy efficiency requirements for every solar PV installation with a Declared Net Capacity (DNC) up to and including 50kW, including extensions (that were commissioned before 15 January 2016), with the exception of stand-alone, with an Eligibility Date on or after 1 April 2012.

The energy efficiency requirement applies if a PV installation (or extension), with an Eligibility Date on or after 1 April 2012, is wired to provide electricity to one or more relevant buildings.

FIT Licensees are required to check whether the energy efficiency requirement applies to eligible installations. In such cases, these installations are required to demonstrate that the building to which they are wired to provide electricity has achieved an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of level D or above in order to receive the higher tariff, provided the multi-installation tariff does not apply.

 

Full guidance for Renewable Installations has been published by Ofgem and can be found here. Please ensure you read the latest version.

You can find information on the recent changes to the FITs here.

You can find FAQs published by MCS here