The UK Government has acted quickly to pass a Statutory Instrument, The Feed-in Tariffs (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Order 2020 (the CV-19 Order) to give small-scale renewable electricity generators additional time to apply for accreditation under the Feed-in Tariff scheme (the FIT scheme). The CV-19 Order came into force on 31 March 2020. The FIT scheme was a financial incentive introduced by the government in 2010, for electricity generated from small scale low-carbon sources.
The government identified that as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic, up to 250 projects close to completion (mostly community energy installations) were facing unavoidable delays. The impact facing generators was that they would be unable to complete the construction, commission the projects and submit their application for FIT accreditation in time; for many projects the deadline was 31 March 2020.
Amendment to the Feed-in Tariffs Order 2012 (as amended)
The CV-19 Order amends the Feed-in Tariffs Order 2012 (as amended). The amended validity periods within which a generator can apply for FIT accreditation are now as follows:
The MCS-FIT route of accreditation is used if the installation is a wind or PV installation with a Declared Net Capacity (DNC) of 50kW or less. The FIT application should be submitted to the relevant FIT Licensee (electricity supplier); a list can be found on the Ofgem website.
The ROO-FIT route of accreditation is used if the installation is a solar photovoltaic (PV) or wind installation with a DNC of above 50kW up to a Total Installed Capacity (TIC) of 5MW, or if it is a hydro or anaerobic digestion installation up to a TIC of 5MW. The FIT application should be submitted to Ofgem using the Renewables and CHP Register.
The table sets out the position in relation to each of the project technologies affected by the CV-19 Order.