Qualitick, the award-winning provider of compliance support services, has responded to the Department of Energy (DECC) solar feed-in tariff consultation by urging customers to take action to counter cuts of up to 87% in solar feed-in tariffs
Qualitick – which provides specialist training and consultancy services in UK renewables and energy-efficiency markets – is urging installers to take advantage of the tiered drop in fees, which will drop to 12.47p from 1 October 2015 then again to 1.63p in January 2016 for systems up to 10kW.
Qualitick has advised installers to ensure that all installations are pushed through and signed off before January to take advantage of the current higher rates.
Further changes around technology, and in particular Tesla battery storage, are also high on Qualitick’s list of recommendations.
Simon Roberts, Managing Director, said: “The proposed cut announced by DECC is due to a couple of factors which affect the ROI which the cut is looking to balance, the actual cost of the equipment has come down significantly which will have an effect on FITs as the ROI comes down in accordance with the equipment cost.
“We believe that customers should focus on the opportunities to use the full generation from PV in homes with improvements such as the Tesla battery storage units where the full production can be used and or stored ready for use.
“What this means in monetary terms is that previously the customer would get an export tariff for a kWh exported to the grid but still the pay for the electricity they need. And with improvements to battery storage now they can store and then draw the energy as they need it, meaning they don’t pay the rate to purchase the electricity.”
Easy MCS Consultant, Mark Roberts added: “I’ve been looking in depth in recent weeks at the Tesla Powerwall and I believe that customers will save money through the export tariff, storing up solar PV and also storing straight from the grid in off-peak times.
‘We are hoping to work with Tesla to help distribute this product to the market.”