Energy Performance Certification (EPC)
To get FITs at the standard rate for solar PV, your property needs to have an Energy Performance Certificate of band D or better. There are a number of ways to get a property up to an EPC band D rating including the installation of solar PV.
What is an EPC?
Much like the multi-coloured sticker on new appliances, EPCs tell you how energy efficient a building is and give it a rating from A (very efficient) to G (inefficient). They let the person using the building know how costly it is likely to be to heat and power, and what carbon dioxide emissions there will be. Once produced EPCs are valid for ten years. The EPC will also state what the energy efficiency rating could be if improvements are made, and highlights cost-effective ways to achieve a better rating.
If you have an EPC which shows that your property is a band E, F or G you will need to carry out energy efficiency improvements before you apply for the FITs or receive the FIT at the lower rate of 9p/kWh for the lifetime of the tariff, currently 25 years.
How can I arrange one?
Solarlex offer all customers a free EPC survey as part of the process of application for a Solar PV system.
Should you just wish to have an EPC survey completed for your records, we can offer this at a very reasonable price.
To learn more about the EPC service we offer, contact Solarlex on 01422 369004.