Revised feed-in tariff for solar photovoltaic in the United Kingdom: a cloudy future ahead?

Firdaus Muhammad-Sukki, Roberto Ramirez-Iniguez, Abu Bakar Munir, Siti Hajar Mohd Yasin, Siti Hawa Abu-Bakar, Scott G. McMeekin, Brian G. Stewart

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Abstract

The United Kingdom (UK) started implementing a national Feed-In Tariff (FiT) mechanism on the 1 April 2010, which included specific payment tariffs for solar photovoltaic (PV) installations. However, a revised FiT rate has been put in place starting from 1 April 2012, applicable to any installations with an eligibility date of on or after 3 March 2012. This paper presents, first, an overview of solar PV installation in the UK. This followed by a general concept of the FiT in the UK before analyzing the financial impact of the new FiT rate on the consumers. Similar financial analysis is conducted with selected countries in Europe. The financial analysis investigates the total profit, the average rate of return and the payback period. It is found that the new FiT rate generates very low profit, minimum rate of return and a longer payback period, suggesting a downward trend of solar PV uptake in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)832-838
Number of pages7
JournalEnergy Policy
Volume52
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • feed-in tariff
  • financial analysis
  • solar photovoltaic

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