What is Microtricity?
Microtricity is the name of our Feed-in Tariff – a government scheme that pays you to generate your own green electricity and export it to the National Grid.
It’s designed to encourage homes and small businesses around the UK to fight climate change by producing low-carbon green energy. Call the team on 0345 555 7600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
The Feed-in Tariff scheme is due to stop accepting new applications on 31 March 2019. However, if your system is commissioned and MCS certified by this deadline, you can still apply for the scheme with us until 31 March 2020. You can find out more information on the Ofgem website.
At Ecotricity, it’s our mission to create a greener Britain. And you can be part of our green energy revolution by putting sustainable energy back into the grid.
Why generate your own green electricity?
Along with transport and food production, energy usage accounts for 80% of our personal carbon emissions. Traditional fossil fuels are running out, and the environmental impact of fracking for shale gas isn’t compatible with the UK’s climate targets.
By generating your own green electricity, you’ll be able to:
- Save money: You’ll be paid per unit of green electricity you generate, and you’ll save money on your energy bills because the energy you produce will power your home. You’ll also get paid for energy you don’t use that can be exported back to the grid.
- Create a greener grid: By exporting renewable energy back to the grid, you’ll be helping to reduce the production of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. And by creating a greener grid, we can help reduce dependency on traditional fossil fuels.
- Join Britain’s greenest energy company: We’re on a mission to make Britain greener – we build and maintain green energy sources, develop energy storage, and continue to expand our Electric Highway. But we can’t do it without your support.
What type of energy can you generate?
The Feed-in Tariff scheme only applies to renewable, low-carbon electricity production – but how you generate that energy is up to you. You can choose from:
- Solar power
- Wind power
- Hydro power
- Anaerobic digestion (biogas energy)
- Micro combined heat and power (micro-CHP)
How much can you earn with a Feed-in Tariff?
The rate you get paid for generating your own green energy will depend on:
- The size of your energy system
- The technology you install, e.g. solar panels
- The date your system is installed
- The energy efficiency of your home
- Whether you are eligible for export payments
You can find out more detailed information about Feed-in Tariff rates here.
Will the rates change?
The rate you get paid for your green electricity generation is set by the government, but it may go up or down based on the retail price index (RPI).
Your tariff will be fixed for 20 years on most energy generation systems, aside from small fluctuations as a result of the RPI.
Tariff rates can change when they’re reviewed by the government. The Feed-in Tariff was cut on 1 January 2016 for new installations, although systems installed before that date weren’t affected.
How to get started
You can start producing your own green electricity in four simple steps:
- Choose how to generate your energy: Solar panels or a small windmill is likely to be the best option for home or small business use. But you should think about how much space you have, and how much you can afford to spend.
- Find an installer: You can use any installer that’s registered under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) – this is an Ofgem requirement. You can find approved installers in your area on the MCS website.
- Install your renewable energy units: Your installer should give you an MCS certificate once your unit’s been installed. Check the Energy Saving Trust’s guide to installing renewables for a full list of everything you’ll need to consider.
- Sign up to Microtricity: Once you’re up and running, you can sign up to Microtricity using our online form. You’ll also need to fill out the Ofgem declaration for new installations (below). Once you’ve done that, we’ll take care of the rest.
You can find out more information about how Feed-in Tariffs work here.