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Jargon Busting: The Smart Export Guarantee

 

With the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheduled to close to new applicants on March 31st 2019, people have been eager to hear if a replacement will be offered in place of the export tariff, to ensure that homeowners generating renewable energy are fairly compensated for energy exported back to the grid. On January 8th, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) released their proposed “Smart Export Guarantee” (SEG) which is open for feedback until March 5th. Unfortunately, it is likely that there will be an interval whereby new micro-generation installations will not be paid for any energy they export.

Here is a quick overview of the proposed Smart Export Guarantee.

  • Energy suppliers must pay homeowners for any electricity they export back to the grid from their installation.
  • All exports must be metered, not estimated as it is under the Feed-in Tariff, meaning only households with a meter would be eligible.
  • The price that suppliers have to pay has not been specified. We will have to wait and see what price per kWh suppliers offer along with the length of the contract and any other incentives.
  • Only energy suppliers with over 250,000 customers have to offer payment for exported electricity, smaller suppliers can opt in to the scheme if they wish.
  • Participating suppliers must register their contracted installations with the Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC).
  • All installations participating must be completed in accordance with the Micro-generation Certification Scheme (MCS).

 

Moixa CEO Simon Daniel said, “the introduction of this scheme will help to ensure the continued success of domestic solar in the UK, which is hugely important for delivering on our decarbonisation targets.

The Smart Export Guarantee will also boost the uptake of smart home energy storage systems, as they will enable users to maximise their financial returns by storing energy until they can get the best possible price.”

Although it is great news that there will be an opportunity for people to be paid for exported energy in future, we don’t know when this will begin and believe that the current Feed-in Tariff will give those who purchase solar and storage the best returns. To be able to apply for Feed-in Tariff payments you will need to have solar installed by an MCS accredited installer and have submitted your FIT application by March 31st. If you are interested in having solar and battery storage installed before the end of FIT, call our friendly team on 0161 883 2374.

If you would like to respond to the consultation, you can read the full documentation here or respond online here.