Info
Info
News Article

Smart Export Guarantee To Sweeten Domestic Solar Deal

News

Following a nine-month policy gap, owners of small solar PV systems are set to once again be legally entitled to remuneration for excess solar power put on the grid. From 01 January 2020, large suppliers will be obligated to offer a tariff for small-scale solar power exports, which should help to sweeten the deal for new solar owners, who will also benefit from lower energy bills. [1]

STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett said: "It's a New Year and a positive new start for owners of small solar PV systems. After a nine-month policy gap, the new Smart Export Guarantee should help boost interest in solar as leading electricity suppliers compete with each other to offer attractive payments for clean power exported to the grid. As more and more households take steps to do their bit in the fight against the climate emergency, we hope that today's SEG launch will have a positive impact on the market and help the solar industry to build on our track-record of a million solar homes delivered to date."

Under the government's Smart Export Guarantee (SEG), electricity suppliers which have more than 150,000 customers will be required to offer at least one tariff for power exported to the grid from renewables smaller than 5MW, though smaller suppliers are not excluded from offering tariffs too. Households that have had solar PV installed since April 1 will have the choice of over 14 suppliers, including Bulb [2] and Octopus Energy [3].

The SEG replaces the Export Tariff, which was scrapped in April 2019 along with the Generation Tariff under the government's Feed-In Tariff scheme. The Export Tariff provided a fixed rate of 5.2p per kWh of power exported to the grid. Households, small businesses and community organisations which have had solar installed since April 2019 have had no legally guaranteed way to receive payment for power exported to the grid, which means some will have been providing power back to the grid for free.

In order to be eligible for a tariff under the SEG, the solar installation must be certified by an approved scheme, such as the Microgeneration Certification Scheme, which ensures that high installation standards are followed. Households and organisations will also require a smart meter in order to take accurate export readings.

Suppliers will be required to offer tariffs with rates above 0p/kWh. The STA, as part of its #Fair4Solar campaign, called on government to guarantee a fair rate for small-scale solar power exports, and will be keeping a close eye on the market. As will Ofgem, which is tasked with monitoring competitiveness and intervening should this fail to materialise. All SEG-compliant tariffs can be found listed on the STA's SEG League Table. [4]

Sharp And InnoVent Enter Into Strategic Partnership To Capture Project Business
Convert SC Flex To Equip The Smart Grid Project Of The Sport Center Of Békéscsaba In Hungary
Ib Vogt Sells 64.1 MWp PV Plant In Egypt
BayWa R.e. Constructs Hybrid Solar-wind Energy System
Sharp Launches New 440W Half-cut Cell PV Panel
Compatibility Of BYD Battery-Box Premium And Fronius Symo GEN24
Azur Space Orders Tool From 3D-Micromac
Senseeker Introduces Sales Of Oxygen RD0092 DROIC Quarter Wafers
Foresight’s 50MW Guzman Solar Project In Andalusia Connects To The Grid And Generates At 100% Capacity
Japan Demands Higher Standards Of Resource Data To Sustain Solar Market Growth
Schletter Group Enters Into Sales Partnership With Enecsol
New Solar Energy Optics Technology Transforms Solar Industry Economics
ACWA Power Sells Its Stake In A 60 MW PV Power Plant
New Raise Green Tech Platform Automates Process For Starting And Financing A Solar Business
Tandem PV Devices Feel The Heat
WinJi Receives €1.65 Million Loan Guarantee From The Swiss Technology Fund
Wiseenergy Signs 550 MW Solar Asset Management Contract In India
Bboxx Makes Solar Energy Accessible At Scale In Africa With The Launch Of The BPower20 Product
Power Roll Trials Solar PV To Power Up Himalayan Villages
SONNENSTROMFABRIK’s Growth Boosted By Global Group
Unprofitable Sunrun Buys Unprofitable Vivint Solar
Ib Vogt Receives €135 Million Commitment From EIG For Future Growth
Wärtsilä’s GEMS To Centrally Manage Multi-state Energy Storage Projects For Duke Energy
RENA’s Biggest Ever Order

Info
×
Search the news archive

To close this popup you can press escape or click the close icon.
Logo
×
Logo
×
Register - Step 1

You may choose to subscribe to the Solar + Power Magazine, the Solar + Power Newsletter, or both. You may also request additional information if required, before submitting your application.


Please subscribe me to:

 

You chose the industry type of "Other"

Please enter the industry that you work in:
Please enter the industry that you work in:
 
X
Info
X
Info
{taasPodcastNotification}