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...but not by much.

Solar PV installations registered after 1st April 2014 will receive a slightly reduced rate of 14.38p per unit (down from 14.9p).

The Export Tariff has however been increased slightly to 4.77p per unit (from 4.64p)

What this means is that once the export tariff has been taken into account, domestic installations of 4kW or less will only see a drop of 0.455 pence per unit (less than half a penny). This means an ideal system would pay back only around £19 a year less - making solar PV still a great investment.

For the current tariff table from Ofgem, click here >

Slate roofs pose problems for installers. See how TaylorMade Solutions use special flashings to achieve the perfect fit.

Great news for anyone considering solar PV in the coming months as the tariff rate for new installations remains unchanged until at least March 2014.

Anyone installing a solar PV system up to 4kW capacity until the 1st March 2014 will receive the 14.9p Feed In Tariff and 4.64p Export Tariff.

The rates for systems up to 50kW remain unchanged, although the rates for larger systems over 50kW are set to reduce slightly.

For the current tariff table from Ofgem, click here >

Ofgem have released a number of easy guides to applying for the non-domestic RHI. They are designed to help you prepare in advance and provides pointers into how to avoid the main pitfalls that can cause delay.

These guides help to simplify the hundreds of pages of the main guides but providing pointers as to what is required and when.

Download your copy of the guides from the Ofgem website here >

In 2012, mortgage provider ING Direct completed a survey questioning 1000 people on the subject of buying new homes. Specifically they were attempting to identify what circumstances ‘sealed the deal’. The survey revealed that the most wanted extra were solar panels at 38%.

Between august 2011 and august 2012 there was a 349% increase on the installation of Solar PV; more than 360,000 homes in the UK now have a solar PV system. The increase in popularity has no doubt been assisted with the governments Feed-in Tariff incentives and increases in energy prices.

ING Direct Report reveals Most Desirable Property ‘Extras’:

38%    Solar panels

32%     Weekly bin collections

32%     Satellite TV connection

25%     Greenhouse

24%     Walk-in wardrobe

20%     Good 3G signal

19%     Giant bathtub

18%     Outdoor power supply

18%     Pantry or larder

15%     Garden pond

Householders could be paid thousands of pounds a year for generating heat by solar thermal panels, biomass boilers and heat pumps.

The tariff levels have been set at 7.3p/kWh for air source heat pumps; 12.2p/kWh for biomass boilers; 18.8p/kWh for ground source heat pumps and at least 19.2 p/kWh for solar thermal.

Read more in our financial incentives section

TaylorMade Solutions' latest biomass boiler installation was near Pickering, Yorkshire. A biomass wood pellet boiler was used to replace five fossil fuel boilers. The central boiler feeds heat to the main farmhouse and two additional cottages.

Highly insulated underground pipework carries hot water to heat exchangers in the properties which drive the heating and hot water systems.

See the photos here >

The government as announced an extension to the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme. This was announced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change on 26 March 2013. The scheme is being extended until the end of March 2014, ahead of the RHI scheme for householders

The extension continues to offer one-off grants to householders across England, Scotland and Wales to help with the cost of installing renewable heating technologies.
For biomass installations the payment has been increased from £950 to £2,000 and for solar thermal from £300 to £600.
For more information see the Energy Saving Trust website >

It's not the cost of renewables that's putting up your enery bills, so much as the greed of the enery companies.

We have all listened to the news regarding increasing energy prices with dismay; not just the impact on us as bill payers, but it is likely that the Big Six will blame the increases on ‘renewables’ and ‘green measures’. The facts tell a very different story.

OFGEM's figures published for May 2012 show that the cost to the bill payer of the entire Feed In Tariff scheme - that's all solar PV, smaller scale wind power, hydro, combined heat & power (CHP) and digesters - was less that £1 per electricity bill. Solar PV has no impact on your gas bill.

Read the OFGEM report for yourself here (pdf file)...

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