Microrenewables 'pick up pace'

The number of microrenewables claiming support from feed-in tariffs (FITs) increased rapidly in July, according to Ofgem’s online register

The number of microrenewables claiming support from feed-in tariffs (FITs) increased rapidly in July, according to Ofgem’s online register.1

FITs came into force in April and pay the owners of micro- and small-scale renewables a tariff per kilowatt hour of electricity generated (ENDS Report 421, pp 45-46).

The register shows 3,601 installations were claiming FITs in mid-July, up from June’s 2,000 (ENDS Report 425, p 17). These represent 12.4 megawatts of peak capacity electricity. But this figure is likely to be an underestimate as energy companies have experienced problems registering installations.

Some 3,500 of the installations are domestic solar photovoltaic systems averaging 2.4 kilowatts in size. Another 80 are small wind systems, while there are four small hydropower schemes.

It is still unclear how many of the installations are new and how many were transferred from the Renewables Obligation scheme.

The UK needs 750,000 microrenewable units installed by 2020 to meet its EU renewables target.

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