Solar PV, FiTs and switching your electricity supplier

We have had a few messages from people concerned that they cannot switch their electricity supplier if they have Solar PV Panels on their roof. This is not true.

The agreement you have with selling your solar electricity back to the grid and your Feed in Tariff (FiT) payments are completely independent of each other. There should be no obstacles to you switching your electricity supplier.

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If an energy company tells you that if you have solar panels you cannot switch your supplier or that you must switch your FiT supplier as well – you are being given misleading information.  We would advise you to get in touch with the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) immediately and keep a record of any communications with your energy supplier.  (CAB have taken over from Consumer Direct to give advice to the public on consumer issues since the beginning of April 2012).

The CAB can be reached via a telephone helpline or in person at their network of local offices see http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ (opens in a new window)

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