the Solar export tariff
solar export tariff
The Solar Panel Tariff, also known as the Solar Export Tariff, is the rate at which you’re reimbursed for sending excess electricity to the National Grid. Unless you have battery storage to retain any excess electricity that is generated by your Solar Panels, the Smart Export Guarantee will come into effect. This means you’re reimbursed for every unit of generated electricity you export to the grid.
What is the Smart Export Guarantee?
The Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) was introduced by the Government to replace the feed in tariff scheme which ended back in 2019. It was created to encourage energy suppliers to offer competitive prices for excess energy.
All electricity suppliers with more than 150,000 customers must offer an SEG tariff, but the rates will vary between suppliers. A smart meter is usually a requirement from your energy company before any export payments are made to you. You don’t have to apply for the SEG tariff through the same supplier you buy your electricity from, so it is encouraged to shop around to find the best deal.
What documents do I need to be able to apply for the Smart Export Guarantee?
When applying for the SEG, your chosen energy company will require a copy of your MCS certificate along with your Distribution Network Operator (DNO) confirmation letter. The MCS certificate will be provided to you as part of your handover pack, and the DNO confirmation letter will be sent via email, which will be forwarded to you following your solar installation. Please note this can take up to 8 weeks to receive this.
Where can I gain my export MPAN?
When your solar PV system is commissioned, the Distribution Network Operator (DNO) is notified that your system is connected by Contact Solar. If you decide to apply for the SEG, your energy provider should contact the DNO to request an export Meter Point Administration Number (MPAN). The export MPAN is to help identify the export supply from your meter, so your SEG provider knows how much energy you are exporting.