If you thought you’d lost the 44.3p feed in tariff because you installed PV after December 12, you may be in luck – as long as you get those panels up by March 3rd. The government is appealing against a high court ruling that it acted illegally in imposing its December cut-off date; so, if DECC loses its appeal in court, solar installation owners can get the higher solar feed-in tariff if they’ve commissioned their system by 3 March, whereas if it wins the appeal, the cut off date would still be the 12 December. The Appeal Court has said it will deliver its judgement on Wednesday 25th January.
At the same time, prices of panels are falling rapidly as the industry tries to respond to the halving of the FITs from 43.3p to 21p for a 4Kwp array. At the moment the internet is full of offers appearing to involve a return on investment of over 10%, and with some electricity companies now charging 20p a unit for bought electricity it’s still an attractive proposition even at the lower rate.
We still urge you to be careful; there are some cowboys out there, and if an offer looks too good to be true, it probably is!