Changes to the FIT scheme for community organisations are due to come into force on 1 April 2015 under the FIT Order 2015. Key amendments to the FIT scheme include:

  • The definition of a community organisation has been widened to include charities in addition to community benefit or co-operative societies and community interest companies.
  • The preliminary pre-accreditation validation periods have been extended, with the community project solar PV validity period increasing from 6 months to 12 months.

Whilst the expected increase in the maximum specified capacity ceiling for eligible community projects from 5MW to 10MW is not to be implemented, amendments to the FIT scheme will allow a new 10MW development to be split between a non-community project and a community project.