To obtain the higher “Feed-in-Tariff” (FiT) rate for a renewable or low-carbon technology, a new dwelling needs to achieve an EPC rating of D or above which is issued before the commissioning date of the installation (the pre-EPC”).
This “pre-EPC” does not include the expected PV and should be produced when the dwellings are nearing completion. Ideally the air permeability test will have taken place, but this is not mandatory.
After the “pre-EPC” is produced and the PV is commissioned a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) certificate will be required to produce the actual EPC. The actual EPC actual will supersede the “pre-EPC”.
If no “pre-EPC” was undertaken prior to the actual EPC being issued, only the lower FiT will be received.
Feed-in-Tariffs are available for renewable and low carbon electric generators of up to 5MW, which includes:
- Solar PV
- Wind turbines
- Micro CHP
- Anaerobic digestion
If your development will be making a FiT application, please let us know.