How to get an EPC
What you need to know
From 1st April 2012 to qualify for the higher Feed in Tariff rate every new Solar PV installation requires a current Energy Performance Certificate to achieve a rating of D or above.
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) give information on your current energy usage and how to make your home more energy efficient and reduce your energy costs.
Energy Performance Certificates – what they contain
- information on your home’s energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions
- a report recommending measures to reduce energy usage and carbon emissions
EPC certificates carry ratings that compare the current energy efficiency of your home with potential figures that your home could achieve should you implement the recommended energy saving measures.
The EPC measures the energy and carbon emission efficiency of your home using grades from ‘A’ to ‘G’ With an ‘A’ rating being the most efficient down to a ‘G’ being the least efficient. The target for higher feed in tariff payments and the average efficiency grade is ‘D’.
The Recommendation Report
EPCs also provide you with a useful recommendation report showing you the potential reduction in the energy you use, your carbon dioxide emissions and how much this will save you financially. The report also shows you what rating you could achieve if the energy saving measures are implemented.
The recommendations are not compulsory; however, if your energy rating is below a ‘D’ then these measures could be taken prior to your solar installation to achieve the higher feed in tariff rate.
An EPC Certificate will cost around £65.00 for domestic & £210.00 for commercial
How to obtain your Certificate
Should you decide to proceed, and you have completed and returned your Contract of Sale along with your deposit, we will organise a survey for you using an independent Domestic Energy Advisor (DEA). You will receive a call from your appointed DEA within 2-3 days to arrange a mutually convenient time to survey your property. The cost of the EPC is including in your installation. We can organise the whole thing for you from start to finish. The EPC certificate must be obtained and achieve a level of ‘D’ or above before the installation takes place. A new survey is not required if you have had a survey in the last 10 years which achieved a ‘D’ or above; however we would require a copy of this for our records. If you do not achieve the minimum D rating, you can choose to either accept the lower FiT rate or you can cancel and the remainder of your deposit will be refunded to you.
Please ensure that you enclose your certificate with your FiT application form.
If the Solar PV System is not going to be supplying a building that is being conditioned for heat i.e a barn or grain store then you would not require a certificate If this is the case you need to prove this by sending photographs of the building in question, walls and roof and sign the declaration on your FIT application form. Alternatively you can appoint an EPC company to compose a letter of proof for you this is usually at a cost of around £199.00