Businesses – move your solar panels and keep your tariff

Businesses – move your solar panels and keep your tariff

Moving premises and taking solar panels with youFrom summer 2019 medium and large building-mounted solar PV systems will be allowed to be moved between buildings without the loss of Feed-in Tariff (FIT) payments.

Previously, if a FIT accredited installation was moved it became ineligible for further support. Now, landlords and tenants who cannot guarantee having long-term ownership or lease of a building can move their solar PV and keep their tariff. This change will increase flexibility and make solar PV a much more attractive investment for businesses.

Announcing the changes, Minister for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd said:

“Solar PV is already used by thousands of businesses and by removing barriers more will be able to reap the benefits of lower energy bills.

“People have the power to generate their own electricity and now there is even more of an incentive. Not only will rooftop solar drive down bills and create jobs, it will help us deliver the clean, reliable energy supplies that the country needs.”

The UK has around 250,000 hectares of south facing commercial rooftops – the equivalent of 350,000 football pitches – so there is enormous potential to turn more of our buildings into power stations.

Solar increasingly offers efficient and cost effective onsite generation opportunities to both businesses and domestic consumers. More deployment of solar PV will help cut energy bills, reduce pressure on the national grid and create jobs.