Does anyone know anything about FIT payments and changing provider?

Autopilot

Distinguished Member
Can anyone shed some light on this for us, as we can’t get a straight answer when speaking to call centre operators, and the FAQ’s on their websites are as ambiguous as hell...

We are currently with British Gas, and we have FIT payments for our solar panels (the last scheme before it was discontinued, so not much but we still want to keep it).

We want to change (probably Octopus, much cheaper), but what will happen to our FIT payments if we do? Do we lose them and have to go with SEG instead, or do they carry over to the new firm? Do you have a choice?

Thanks.
 

mikeysthoughts

Well-known Member
Do BG have a dedicated FIT team? Our FIT provider (Shell) has a team that specialises in FIT.

FIT licensee contact details

Note that the FIT provider can be separate from your energy supplier. The meter is separate and you can transfer to a new provider or remain with your existing one without impacting your energy supplier and vice versa.

As the FITs are fixed, there is no benefit to moving other than if you have a complaint about their admin or payments.
 

Autopilot

Distinguished Member
Thanks for the help. Yes I believe BG have a dedicated FIT team, as we took out the FIT with them and they had to sort the mess our installer made of the paperwork. However getting hold of them is another mater.

So BG can still continue to pay the FIT to us, even if we switch provider?

That’s probably what we would do, however how does that work with things like the Octopus SEG tariffs, which have a meter and pay you for excess generation? Surely you can’t have both?
 

mikeysthoughts

Well-known Member
So BG can still continue to pay the FIT to us, even if we switch provider?
Yep.
how does that work with things like the Octopus SEG tariffs, which have a meter and pay you for excess generation? Surely you can’t have both?
I'm not sure but I'd be surprised if you could have both. Our FIT has an assumed export rate of 50%. I would guess that the 'excess generation' element in the Octopus tariff is that same output but metered.

I did the calculations on whether it would be worth changing from assumed to metered export calculations and it would actually result in us getting less. But YMMV as we are on the first (2010) FIT.
 

Autopilot

Distinguished Member
Yes, all FIT payments were based on 50% export, unless a smart meter installed. That’s why most people said avoid getting a smart meter, which we did, as most people don’t put 50% of their generated solar power back on the grid. In the early days it was ridiculously generous, but we missed that boat.

FIT was replaced last year with SEG, which is a bit like the FIT, only it must be metered and you only get paid for what you give back. Also the unit price doesn’t tend to be as much (a lot lower than we have to pay for, which I think is unfair). Not everyone does SEG, and those that set the price for what they pay you. Octopus seem like the best.

I just couldn’t get a solid answer on what happens when you switch, and what our options are.
 

neilball

Well-known Member
Well my FIT account has been with NPower and I’ve switched supplier many, many times over the years. They pay promptly after I submit my quarterly PV meter reads so I’m happy to leave my FIT account where it is.
 

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