Feed-In Tariff RPI increase for installations before 31 december 2013

Viridian-solar-in-roof-mounting-yorkshire-stone2.5% RPI inflation increase in Feed In Tariff payments for all systems registered before 31st December 2013 (estimate)

We would like to alert you to an important quirk in the Feed In Tariff scheme rules which will result in all installations that registered on or before December 31st 2013 receiving an inflation linked increase in the Feed-In Tariff rate they will receive from 1st April 2014.

This means that Solar PV systems installed in November and December 2013 will receive approximately 2.5% more in total Feed-In Tariff payments for the lifetime of the system than systems that are installed from January-March 2014, which won't see their first inflation linked increase until April 2015. (exact rate tbc)

There is also a 3% drop in the Feed-In Tariff scheduled for new installations registered after 1st April 2014.

To maximise the financial returns from your proposed solar PV installation we would strongly recommend an installation before the end of this December if possible.

We are adding additional installation slots for December to cope with increased demand, but our installation slots for November and December are now filing up fast, so we would urge potential customers to please contact us at the earliest opportunity to avoid dissappointment. 

Official DECC Guidance

  • installations with eligibility date between 1 April-31 December receive RPI adjustment from 1 April of the next FITs year
  • installations with eligibility date between 1 January – 31 March receive RPI adjustment from 1 April in the following FITs year


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A graduate trainee solar PV design engineer joins Leeds Solar's design team

Leeds Solar today welcomes Jonathan Ramos to our solar PV design team.



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Next FIT cut postponed until 1st July 2013

Edited to add : This article was based on the mistaken assumption that a quarter of a year was 3 months, unfortunately DECC seem to think that a quarter can also be 2 months, so the next FIT cut is actually scheduled for 1st July and not 1st August as we had originally stated.


Leeds Solar's analysis of the latest weekly solar PV installation statistics released by DECC clearly demonstrates that there is no possibility that the quarterly installed capacity will reach the cut off threshold needed to trigger a Feed In Tariff cut on 1st May.

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MCS annual inspection passed with flying colours

Combined solar PV and solar water heating system on an ecohouse in Brighouse, West YorkshireWe're happy to confirm that Leeds Solar passed our 3rd annual MCS inspection with NAPIT today with flying colours and no non-conformities.


This means that Leeds Solar continue to be MCS certified installers for Solar PV and Solar Water Heating as we have been since 2010.

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2011-12 sunlight data and performance guarantee analysis (West Yorkshire)

Analysis of sunlight hours data shows that solar PV systems in West Yorkshire installed after June 2011 will have suffered from reduced first year sunlight levels compared to the 1998-2010 average our predictions are based on.

This years unusually bad summer is largely to blame for this with sunlight hours around 40% below average in June and April, as well as July and August being 10 and 14% below average.

Most of the last 12 months were below average though, with March being the notable exception at 48% above average.

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Renewable Heat Incentive consultation - solar water heating guide

On 20th September DECC released a 111 page consultation on the long delayed Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, which contains major changes to the scheme as it was originally proposed 3 years ago.

We now present an overview of the key elements of the RHI scheme as it is now proposed, in relation to Solar Water Heating only.

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38% of home buyers want solar panels on their new home

black-black Jetion 250Wp panelsSolar panels are now seen as the most desirable extra / non-essential aspect of a property when house buyers are choosing which house to buy.

38% of those surveyed gave solar panels as the top extra item they'd like their new house to have, according to the new survey commissioned by IMG Direct.

The research clearly shows the popularity of solar installations among house buyers who recognise the long term energy savings, and financial income that a solar installation guarantees for them and their families, as well as the positive environmental impact.



© Leeds Solar

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Atmospheric CO2 concentrations cross the 400ppm threshold for the first time

Atmospheric CO2 concentrations broke through the 400ppm threshold for the first time in 800,000 years in May at 7 monitoring stations around the Arctic circle, according to an announcement from NOAA.


“The northern sites in our monitoring network tell us what is coming soon to the globe as a whole. We will likely see global average CO2 concentrations reach 400 ppm about 2016."



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EPC arrangements and 30th June FIT cuts

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30th June 2012 is the next proposed date for further Feed In Tariff cuts;

Book now for pre 30th June installations

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July FIT cuts - analysis of the March-April solar PV figures

sanyo n series solar PV panels inverness *03/05/12 update*

It looks like we misinterpreted th figures, and DECC proposed to reference only the installation figures from 4th March-end of April 2012 to determine the FIT cuts, so the installations up to the 3rd March FIT cut shouldn't count. If this is the case, then the figures should be well into the lowest band, and the proposed 1st July FIT cut should be the smaller of the 3 proposed options for the cuts with <4kW installations moving from 21p to 16.8p per kWh.

In the phase 2a consultation document DECC laid out their plans for a further cut in the Feed In Tariff rate from 1st July 2012, with the level of that cut being based upon the capacity of solar PV with eligibility dates in 4th March to end of April 2012.

DECC gave 3 bands for the installation rates in that period that would lead to different FIT reductions as follows;

Option A = over 200MW installed, 

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A review of confirmed Feed In Tariff scheme changes 9th February 2012

4kwp-schott-195wp-black-framed-solar-pv-panels-doncaster-south-yorkshireLeeds Solar summarise the decisions DECC announced today resulting from the Feed In Tariff consultation started in October 2011.

Feed In Tariff rates for solar PV

FIT rates from 3rd March-30th June will definitely be those proposed in the consultation, as set out below.


Confirmed Feed In Tariff rates for all installations registered between

March 3rd - June 30th 2012 

FIT rates in p / kWh 4kW 4-10kW 10-50kW 50-150kW 150-250kW 250kW-5MW

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3rd - 31st March

21 16.8 15.2 12.9 12.9 8.9 8.9 no change


April 1st - June 30th

21 16.8 15.2 12.9 12.9 8.9 8.9 9.0


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Leeds Solar installation and stock UPDATE 08/02/2012

Leeds Solar are now taking bookings for March installations, with slots available for solar PV installations before any changes to the FIT schemes that may apply from the end of March.

We understand DECC are due to make an announcement about these changes on 9th February, and will update our website with an analysis of these changes as soon as we can.

We have good availability of all stock.

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Leeds Solar stock and installation slots UPDATE 27/01/12

Ultra Efficient system of Sanyo H series panels on Yorkshire Stone roof in Knaresborough 

*update 10/2/2012*

Leeds Solar have now filled all our installation slots for February and are now taking bookings for March installations only.

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