PRESS RELEASE: STA responds to BEIS publication of ‘export tariff’ consultation

Solar Trade Association
Immediate Release
08 January 2019

A consultation has been published today by BEIS on how a replacement for the export tariff could work. The consultation reflects extensive work by the STA, working with innovative suppliers and battery storage providers, on the current barriers to market offers for the small volumes of power coming from new solar homes.

STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett said; “We give these proposals a cautious welcome. We are very pleased the Government is unequivocal; small generators will be compensated for the power they contribute to the system, but the issue remains providing remuneration at a fair market rate. We are particularly pleased to see a clear requirement to meet MCS standards for participation in the scheme, which means safeguards for consumers will be retained.

Positively, the Government again identifies the System Sell Price as accurately reflecting the market value of power spilled to the grid. However, the consultation acknowledges many of the market barriers we have raised with Government and the associated costs. Our worry is that these may impede the ability of suppliers to offer fair and meaningful rates, even though they may wish to. Customers are freely able to switch suppliers in a competitive market so where these costs fall remains vital to developing meaningful offers.

Nevertheless this is a good basis for consultation. The devil really is in the detail here so we very much hope that Government will listen very carefully to the responses to this consultation, as they were urged to do by Douglas Ross MP at BEIS Orals today.”


 Notes to editors

[1] The consultation on the future for small-scale low-carbon generation can be found here:

[2] You can read our proposal for solar export payments here:


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