Support for Community Energy Under the Feed-in Tariff
This document sets out the government response to the proposals for supporting community energy projects under the Feed-in Tariff scheme.
Government has decided to introduce from 1 April 2015 (subject to Parliament) new measures to to enhance support for community projects including:
- Extending the definition of “community organisation” to include registered charities and the wholly owned subsidiaries of such organisations
- Introduce an additional exemption to the site rule in the FIT scheme to allow two community projects (or one community project and one commercial one), each up to 5MW, to share a single grid connection and receive separate FITs tariffs
- Extending the preliminary accreditation validity periods for community projects by six months for all technologies
After careful consideration, the government has decided not to take forward the proposals to increase the maximum capacity ceiling for community projects under the FITs scheme from 5MW to 10MW or to change its current policy on allowing FITs to be combined with grants.