The Feed-in Tariffs (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Order 2020
Jurisdiction: England, Scotland, Wales
Commencement: 31st March 2020
Amends: The Feed-in Tariffs Order 2012 (SI 2012/2782) as amended
The Feed-in Tariffs Order 2012 (SI 2012/2782) as amended makes requirements for Feed in Tariffs. They set the maximum capacity for small scale low carbon electricity generation for Feed in Tariffs. The Regulations provide for the accreditation of installations, the operations of the registry and general administrative functions.
This Amendment Order extends the period for small-scale renewable electricity generators to apply for accreditation under the Feed-In-Tariff scheme (FIT scheme). Following closures of the FIT scheme, no new applications could be accredited with some limited exceptions such as microgeneration installations of up to 50kW, and community and school installations. The schemes which remain eligible needed to be pre-registered or pre-accredited to the FIT scheme and were required to apply for accreditation by a certain date (mostly by 31st March 2020). The coronavirus pandemic has made it impossible for those schemes to apply for accreditation within the required timeframe. Therefore these Regulations extend the date for application as detailed below.
Application for accreditation to the FIT scheme – community or school energy installations Where an application for pre-registration was received between 1st – 31st March 2019, the final date for application for accreditation is extended from 31st March 2020 to 30th September 2020.
Validity of pre-registration for community solar-photovoltaic schemes not exceeding 50kW
If the application for pre-registration was received between 1st – 30th March 2019, the validity of the pre-registration is extended from 31st March 2020 to 30th September 2020.
Validity of preliminary accreditation periods
For wind, anaerobic digestion and hydroelectric installations, the validity of preliminary accreditation is extended by 6 months, or to 30th September 2020
- solar-photovoltaic schemes: 18 months from receipt of application for preliminary accreditation, or until 30th September 2020, whichever is later;
- wind and anaerobic schemes: 24 months from receipt of application for preliminary accreditation, or until 30th September 2020, whichever is later; and
- hydro-electric schemes: 36 months from receipt of application for preliminary accreditation, or until 30th September 2020, whichever is later.
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