More water, less wind?

The government’s ‘pause’ on feed-in tariff registration (from between January 15th 2016 through to February 8th 2016) is now over and registration should now be restarting. What kind of feed-in tariffs should you expect for your renewables now, and how has this changed from the 2015 tariffs?

 

Feed-in Tariff

 

Description Legend
Anaerobic digestion with total installed capacity of 250kW or less

 

A
Anaerobic digestion with total installed capacity greater than 250kW but not exceeding 500kW

 

B
Anaerobic digestion with total installed capacity greater than 500kW

 

C
Combined Heat and Power with total installed capacity of 2kW or less

 

D
Hydro generating station with total installed capacity of less than 100kW

 

E
Hydro generating station with total installed capacity greater than 100kW but not exceeding 500kW

 

F
Hydro generating station with total installed capacity greater than 500kW but not exceeding 2 MW

 

G
Hydro generating station with total installed capacity greater than 2 MW

 

H
Solar photovoltaic (other than stand-alone) with total installed capacity of 10 kW or less – Higher Rate

 

I
Solar photovoltaic (other than stand-alone) with total installed capacity of 10 kW or less – Middle Rate

 

J
Solar photovoltaic (other than stand-alone) with total installed capacity of 10 kW or less – Lower Rate

 

K
Solar photovoltaic (other than stand-alone) with total installed capacity greater than 10 kW but not exceeding 50kW – Higher Rate

 

L
Solar photovoltaic (other than stand-alone) with total installed capacity greater than 10 kW but not exceeding 50kW – Middle Rate

 

M
Solar photovoltaic (other than stand-alone) with total installed capacity greater than 10 kW but not exceeding 50kW – Lower Rate

 

N
Solar photovoltaic (other than stand-alone) with total installed capacity greater than 50 kW but not exceeding 250kW  – Higher Rate

 

O
Solar photovoltaic (other than stand-alone) with total installed capacity greater than 50 kW but not exceeding 250kW  – Middle Rate

 

P
Solar photovoltaic (other than stand-alone) with total installed capacity greater than 50 kW but not exceeding 250kW – Lower Rate

 

Q
Solar photovoltaic (other than stand-alone) with total installed capacity greater than 250 kW but not exceeding 1 MW

 

R
Solar photovoltaic (other than stand-alone) with total installed capacity greater than 1 MW

 

S
Stand-alone solar photovoltaic

 

T
Wind with total installed capacity of 50kW or less

 

U
Wind with total installed capacity greater than 50kW but not exceeding 100 kW

 

V
Wind with total installed capacity greater than 100 kW but not exceeding 1.5 MW

 

W
Wind with total installed capacity exceeding 1.5MW

 

X
EXPORT TARIFF

 

Y

 

The export tariff has remained the same as previous years. Anaerobic digestion has barely been touched but small hydro power has taken a battering – with tariffs for under 100kW coming down from 14.43p/kWh to 8.54p/kWh and under 500kW coming down from 11.4p/kWh to 6.14p/kWh. The government has come out in favour of large hydro power generation, however, with tariffs increasing from 2.43p/kWh for generation over 2MW to 4.43p/kWh – nearly doubling the available feed in tariff. This is in contrast to wind which has been reduced across the board, falling by over 50% in the case of large wind and 20-30% for small wind.

The government expects to revisit these tariffs on the 31st of March.

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