FITs first year behind schedule on take-up

About 32,000 micro- and small-scale renewables are now claiming support from feed-in tariffs, a year into the scheme

About 32,000 micro- and small-scale renewables are now claiming support from feed-in tariffs (FITs), a year into the scheme.1

FITs started on 1 April 2010 and pay the owners of renewables up to five megawatts peak capacity a tariff per kilowatt hour of electricity generated.

But on 18 April this year, uptake levels were just 42% of what the previous government said was needed by now.

Ofgem data shows 32,412 installations were claiming FITs and able to generate 119MW electricity.2 Most – 30,107 – are domestic solar units.

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