Jackie Gray, Director, Dickinson Dees LLP:
In 2010, the previous government launched the Feed in Tariff (FIT) Scheme to incentivise small scale generation of electricity in the UK from renewable sources. The Scheme involves making payments to generators of electricity for each unit of electricity generated, with different tariffs for different technologies. The technologies include solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, wind turbines, combined heat and power systems, hydro power and anaerobic digestion. The tariffs vary depending on the technology, the size of the installation and in the case of solar PV, whether the solar PV is retro-fitted (to buildings already occupied) or installed as part of a new build (before first occupation). There is also a tariff for electricity that is exported to the national grid.
For local authorities and registered social housing providers (Registered Providers) the installation of Solar PV on social housing offers an attractive opportunity to generate income and reduce energy bills for tenants.