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Solar Panels

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Green & Ethical MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Green & Ethical MoneySaving
Hello everyone
I have a building that has solar panels. They were installed in 2015 and have a MCS certificate stating that. The problem is the people looking after the place back then never registered them for a feed in tariff. So to me they seem to have been providing energy to the grid for nearly 5 years with no benefit. Is there anyway you can claim for this and register them going forwards.

regards

BS

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  • EVandPVEVandPV Forumite
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    As far as I'm aware, FIT ended last year and I very much doubt you could claim anything backdated.
    There are a few of the power suppliers who now pay for surplus generation though so that's probably your best bet.
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  • bs77bs77 Forumite
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    What do you mean by surplus generation. Sorry for the question but i am clueless on this.

    BS
  • EVandPVEVandPV Forumite
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    bs77 wrote: »
    What do you mean by surplus generation.


    The power from your solar panels that's not being consumed by your house and going back to the grid.
    Under the old FIT scheme, you get paid a certain rate for whatever your panels generate plus another rate for whatever surplus is going back to the grid.
    Pretty sure the power companies only pay for any surplus power under the new schemes.
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  • Exiled_TykeExiled_Tyke Forumite
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    The FIT scheme rules were that the application needed to be made within a month of install so sadly there's not chance there. As EV&PV says best bet now is to find an electricity tariff that pays you for the electricity you export. I think Octopus are the people to go to but hopefully others who know better will confirm this.
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  • ABrassABrass Forumite
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    According to offgem you might be able to still apply for installations made before the cut off date.
    Householders that installed an eligible system and have already successfully applied for FITs payments are unaffected by the scheme closure.

    Householders that have installed an eligible system with an MCS certificate dated on or before 31 March 2019 have until 31 March 2020 to apply to the scheme.

    Householders that have not installed an eligible system on or before 31 March 2019 will not be eligible for FITs payments.

    https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/renewable-energy/electricity/solar-panels/smart-export-guarantee-and-feed-tariffs
  • ScrewdrivaScrewdriva Forumite
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    If you can get the FIT rate, nothing like it. If not, Bulb offers 5.38p and Octopus 5.5p. I prefer Bulb but have only just signed up for SEG. My thread on this topic has no activity, so I'm guessing not much experience on SEG exists on these forums
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