Removal of Feed-In Tariff Pre-Accreditation
From 1st October 2015 Ofgem and DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change) have removed the opportunity to pre-accredit Feed-in Tariff applications for all renewable types including wind energy and solar. Previously, a renewable energy project with planning permission and a connection agreement was able to pre-accredit to effectively reserve the tariff rate at the date of registration for a year. This provided reassurance to projects should unforeseen issues or delays arise.
However, the removal of the Pre-Accreditation means that a renewable energy project can only qualify for the FIT rate at the date of registration and full application submission once the project is fully commissioned. Although this change was expected, it does mean that projects who have not submitted pre-accreditation applications before 1st October 2015 have increased uncertainty over the FIT rate they will qualify for, as the rates are reviewed up to quarterly.
Any eligible pre-accreditation applications submitted before the 1st October 2015 should still be accepted for pre-accreditation meaning they still have the opportunity to reserve the FIT rate for a year. Applications after 1st October must be full applications for fully commissioned projects. LessCO~2 Limited’s experienced team are still able to support customers through the full FIT application process for new projects, including wind and solar, going forwards, so do not hesitate to contact our team for advice.