Feed-in Tariffs and the Renewable Heat Incentive

Thanks to a successful campaign by Friends of the Earth and our supporters, there’s a new way to make money which also tackles climate change. Install a clean, green energy system in your home, business or community building and you’ll get paid for the electricity or heat you produce.


What's the problem?

Our demand for energy is higher than ever. But burning fossil fuels – like coal, oil and gas – to generate energy releases the climate-changing gas, carbon dioxide (CO2). Around a third of our emissions of CO2 come from the power stations that bring us electricity.

How we can help

There are cleaner ways to generate power – from renewable sources like the sun, wind, water and biomass. The feed-in tariff and renewable heat incentive are designed to help us meet the UK’s legal target to cut carbon emissions.

The feed-in tariff (FIT) is a payment to people generating their own electricity from renewable sources. The electricity you generate and use during the day is free, and you also get paid for every unit that you don’t use but export back into the grid. 

The renewable heat incentive (RHI) is similar to the FIT, but rewards people producing clean green heat.

Your questions answered

Installing a renewable energy system is a great way to get renewable energy - and there are are other benefits too. It makes us all less reliant on the dwindling supplies of imported gas and oil. It also helps protect against a future of power cuts, price increases and petrol queues.

Join the growing number of people in the UK generating their own clean energy. Read on to find out the answers to common questions, including:

  • Should I get solar panels?
  • How can energy efficiency save me money?
  • How can I generate my own electricity or heat?
  • What are my options for home generated power?
  • Do I need planning permission?
  • I've been offered free solar panels - should I say yes to rent-a-roof?
  • What can I do at school/work?
  • How much will it cost and what's the payback period? 

Our booklet also includes a directory of organisations to help you finance and install your energy-efficient system.

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