What is the Smart Export Guarantee?
The Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) was set up by the Government to replace the Feed-in Tariff and came into effect January 2020. If you generate solar electricity, are not already receiving Feed-in Tariff payments and you have a smart meter, then you can sign up to an SEG tariff with an electricity supplier to be paid for any solar electricity that is exported to the grid. All electricity suppliers with more than 150,000 customers must offer an SEG tariff, but the rates will vary between companies. You don’t have to apply for the SEG through the same company you buy your electricity from so shop around to find the best deal.
What documents do I need to be able to apply for the Smart Export Guarantee?
Homeowners applying for the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) will require a copy of their MCS Certificate and proof of ownership of their property. This is to demonstrate their entitlement to the SEG payment. Your developer should provide you with your MCS Certificate with the handover pack when you purchased the property. If you haven’t received this, please get in touch with us providing your address, plot number, the name of your developer and the name of the original site.
Proof of ownership can be obtained from the vendor of the property, in most cases the developer. This should be a copy of a letter from your developer or solicitor on their letterhead confirming the ownership of solar panels into your name
The homeowner will only need to provide proof of grid connection and commissioning to their SEG provider if the PV installation is greater than 50kw. Most domestic installations are 3–4kw.
What is the Feed-in Tariff?
The Feed-in Tariff (FiT) ended in March 2019. Homes with solar PV systems installed before this time could sign up to a fixed tariff with electricity suppliers which paid them for each unit of electricity the solar panels generated.