Solar Energy Facts  

In April 2010 the UK government introduced a Feed in Tariff (FIT) also known as “Clean Energy Cashback” for electricity produced from solar energy.

   The Tariff Level Table 

Band (kW)

Generation tariff until 31 March 2012 (p/kWh)

New generation tariff from 1 April 2012 (p/kWh)

Multi-installation tariff from 1 April 2012 (p/kWh)

≤4kW(new build)

37.8

21.0

16.8

≤4kW (retrofit)

43.3

21.0

16.8

>4-10kW 37.8

37.8

16.8

13.4

>10-50kW

32.9

15.2

12.2

>50-100kW

19

12.9

10.3

>100-150kW

19

12.9

10.3

>150-250kW

15

12.9

10.3

>250kW-5MW

8.5

8.9

8.9

Stand alone

8.5

8.9

8.9

  
A retrofit installation is defined as any installation fitted to or wired to an existing building.

A stand alone system is defined as not attached to or wired to a building in order to provide electricity to that building. e.g solar energy farms wired directly into the grid.

  The Export Tariff

The solar PV export tariff applies to the proportion of clean energy that is exported (i.e. sold via the grid for others to use) and is set at a buy price of 3.1p per kWh. The export rate is guaranteed for 25 years and is also index linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI). The export tariff is not applicable for off-grid PV systems.

  What we require

We are actively seeking out sites in the southern half of the UK which meet the following criteria:-

  • 5/30 acres of gently sloping, south facing land.
  • No overshadowing from the trees or adjoining hills.
  • A grid connection (minimum 11kv) on the land or close by.
  • A 25 year lease from you for the land covering the site.

  What you get

  • We will pay you a rent in the region of £1,250 p.a acre when the solar farm is up and running. Rental levels will depend on how good your site is.
  • The rent will increase year on year with index linking.- Current RPI index 01/04/2011 & 31/03/2012 4.8%

 What to do now

If you are interested, please send us a plan of your land with a OS reference or postcode. Can you also please mark on the plan the existing electricity grid line? We will then get back to you within a week. If your site is suitable, we would aim to visit you within a couple of weeks to see the site. As far as we are concerned, if the deal is on, we would like to tie up legalities within 3 or 4 weeks of the visit.

Unfortunately, the feed in tariff subsidy is due for review in March 2012 and, if your site is not up and running by then, the subsidy will be lower in real terms which could undermine the economics of the scheme. And, before we start building the solar farm, we would need to get planning permission, which is never easy. So time is of the essence.

Contact Us
Phone : 01792 315466
Mobile : 07791 688989
Email : steve@comptongroup.com

Stephen Gibbins
Land Manager