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FAQs – Finance and Incentives

Please note that MCS does not manage any of the financial incentive schemes. Any queries should be directed as follows:

Type of Query Who to Contact Phone Number
FITs Ofgem 0207 901 7310
RHI (Commercial) Ofgem 0845 200 2122
RHI (Domestic) Ofgem 0300 003 0744

A. The Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) scheme was designed by the Government as an incentive for uptake of renewable or low-carbon technologies such as solar panels and wind turbines; it means that if you have an eligible installation you could be paid for the electricity you generate as well as for the surplus electricity you export to the grid.

A. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) was announced by the Government in March 2011 and is a financial support scheme which will provide long-term financial incentives for installations of renewable technologies which generate heat. The RHI is designed to encourage the uptake of renewable heat and is similar to the Feed-In Tariffs (FITs) for consumers generating their own electricity.

To find out what payments can be made from installing a renewable heating system please click here.

A. The Feed-In Tariffs launched in April 2010 and every MCS Certificated renewable energy system installed after that date is eligible for tariffs. For older systems, installed before then, the eligibility is determined by the date of commissioning.

If the system was installed before 15th July 2009 it is only eligible for the Feed-In Tariff if it was registered for the Renewables Obligation (RO) before 31st October 2010. Any system installed before this date that has not been registered is, unfortunately, not eligible for the new scheme.

Those MCS Certificated systems that were installed after 15th July 2009 are eligible for Feed-In Tariffs, but will only be paid for energy generated after April 1st, 2010 (the date the Feed-In Tariffs were officially launched). This includes systems that were either registered for the RO or not.

The Feed-In Tariff scheme is due to close to new applicants from the 1st April 2019. For more information please click here.

A. The latest FIT rate tables can be found on the Energy Saving Trust website by following this link, or by speaking with Ofgem’s FIT team on 0207 901 7310.

The Feed-In Tariff scheme is due to close to new applicants from the 1st April 2019. For more information please click here.

A. From the 1st April 2012 customers must provide an Energy Performance Certificate (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.

An EPC is valid for 10 years from the date of issue unless a new assessment is made and a new certificate issued.

An EPC is not an MCS requirement therefore it is the customer’s responsibility to obtain the EPC before applying for Government incentives.

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

Click here for further information regarding EPC requirements for FIT applications.

The Feed-In Tariff scheme is due to close to new applicants from the 1st April 2019. For more information please click here.

A. Ofgem has issued the following factsheet to help customers whose applications are placed into a manual review process. A copy is available here.

A. Ofgem provides guidance on repairs and maintenance for the Feed-in Tariff and for the Renewable Heat Incentive.

Feed-in Tarrif (FIT) installations:

This information can be found  in Chapter 8 of the FIT guidance for licensed electricity suppliers.

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) installations:

This information can be found under the below sections of Ofgem’s DRHI reference document:

  • Refurbished equipment
  • Relevant parts
  • Replacing or repairing equipment

A. The UK Government has produced a set of RHI FAQs which are available here. Alternatively Ofgem, who administer the RHI scheme, produce their own set of FAQs, available here. Ofgem can also be contacted on 0300 003 0744 or email: [email protected].

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