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UK government floats market-driven replacement for solar payments

January 08, 2019 / Liam Stoker

The UK's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has unveiled a new ‘Smart Export Guarantee’ to replace the export tariff. The country's feed-in tariff, paid for every kWh generated, and the export tariff that remunerated people for the excess power transferred to the grid, both close on 31 March this year. A row broke out last year over how, and indeed if, that excess power would be paid for. Proposals unveiled by the department this morning detail how the guarantee would work in practice, legislating that all large energy suppliers will have to remunerate small-scale generators for the electricity they export to the grid.