Finance & Incentives

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

Feed-InTariffs Scheme (FITs)

Feed-In Tariff Consultation

In October 2015 the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (previously known as DECC) held a consultation on a review of the Feed-In Tariffs scheme (FITs). On 17 December 2015 they published their response which included new, reduced tariffs for domestic-scale solar PV systems which came into force from 15 January 2016 for new installations.

Those already receiving FITs are unaffected by the changes.

MCS have produced a summary document detailing these changes. You can also find further information on the Energy Saving Trust website here.

The Feed-in Tariffs scheme (FITs)  was designed by the Government as an incentive for uptake of electricity generating renewable 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.

The technologies covered by MCS that are currently eligible for the Feed-in Tariff are:

  • Solar Photovoltaics (Solar PV)
  • Wind Turbines
  • Micro CHP

For installations up to 50kW you need to use an MCS certified installer and product to be eligible for FITs. You can search for installers here and search for products here.

NOTE: Different arrangements currently apply to Micro-Hydro installations. Further information can be found here.

There will be no change to your FITs if the MCS product you installed is removed from the MCS approved product list after you have successfully registered.

How to Register for FITs?

An MCS installer will provide you with an MCS Certificate once the installation is complete. To register for the FITs you will need to send the MCS Certificate to your FIT Licensee (an electricity company) who will complete the registration process. You should contact your chosen FIT Licensee to find out what additional documentation they require you to provide as part of the application process.

EPC Requirements

Since 1st April 2012 customers must provide an EPC with their Feed-in Tariff (FIT) application showing the building the installation is attached to or wired to provide electricity to is a level D or above. You can find further information on the EPC requirements here.

More Information

For more information or if you have a specific query about FITs, please contact one of the following organisations (depending on the nature of your request). The Energy Savings Trust have very comprehensive information on the scheme and they also have a cash-back calculator  to help you find out how much you could earn and save through the FIT scheme. The links are in the table below:

Type of FITS Query Who to contact Website Link Telephone Number
General information on FITs Energy Savings Trust EST FITS Website Page 0300 123 1234 (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)

0808 808 2282 (Scotland)

How much you could earn and save with FITS? Energy Savings Trust Cashback Calculator (Wind and Micro CHP) Cashback Calculator n/a
Energy Savings Trust Cashback Calculator (Solar PV) Cashback Calculator n/a
Registering for FITs A licensed electricity supplier offering FITs Ofgem website Please click here for telephone numbers of all registered licensees
Installations exceeding 50kW Ofgem Ofgem Renewables and CHP Register (ROO-FIT) 0207 901 7310
MCS installations up to 50kW and receiving your MCS Certificate MCS Contact the MCS helpdesk via Contact Us page 0207 090 1082