Solar PV does count towards new energy efficiency criteria

March 29, 2012

Thanks to Cathy Debenham at YouGEN

Buildings must meet strict energy efficiency criteria from 1 April to qualify for the full level of feed-in tariff. When the government announced the change earlier this month it was not clear whether or not the solar PV installation would count towards the Energy Performance Certificate level D or not.

Now the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has confirmed that it will. First in a tweet to YouGen it said: “@YouGenUK @linniR policy is that building needs to be at level D, we don’t specify how this is reached – see EPC info“.

Yesterday DECC has enlarged on the 140 characters allowed by Twitter, saying to Business Green: “People would need to have the EPC certificate before they apply for support under the feed-in tariff, but they could decide installing solar panels forms part of the property reaching Band D”.

The spokeswoman added that different properties may require varying amounts of energy-efficiency measures to reach Band D. While some will require insulation or a new boiler, others may only require solar PV to gain a Band D certificate.