Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) Tariffs

There are several fixed tariffs and variable tariffs currently available for generators wishing to earn money for their exported electricity. No one tariff will be right for everyone and so it is important to do your homework and make sure you understand the differences between each offering.

We have put together some information on the tariffs on offer from the participating energy providers but would advise you to read carefully the terms and conditions of any considered tariffs before signing up.

You are only eligible to receive SEG if you are not already receiving FIT export payments or payments from another export tariff.

Am I eligible for SEG payments?

In order to qualify for the Smart Export Guarantee you must satisfy the following requirements:

Technology

You must have a solar PV, wind, hydro or anaerobic digestion installation with a capacity of up to 5MW; or a micro-CHP installation with a capacity of up to 50kW.

The installation must be located in Great Britain and you will need to provide evidence of appropriate certification in order to apply.

Metering

You must have a export meter installed where the installation connects to the grid. That meter should be capable of recording the exported energy at half-hourly intervals, however, some providers may accept manual meter readings. 

Export MPAN

An MPAN is a reference number that identifies all electricity connection points the country. You will probably already have an import MPAN but this will be different to your export MPAN and you will need to request this from your SEG provider.

What are the different types of tariff?

The SEG suppliers determine the tariff per kWh for remuneration and the length of contract. Exported power must be metered, with a meter capable of reporting exports on a half-hourly basis, and meters must also be registered for settlement – though the SEG design is flexible and does not necessarily require half-hourly readings.

SEG providers are able to choose from the different tariff designs below:

  • Fixed tariffs
    Suppliers offering a fixed rate tariff will pay a set amount per kWh no matter whether you export during the day or at night.
  • Export metered and registered for settlement only
    Suppliers offer an above-zero export tariff to all small-scale generators who agree to metered and settled export. This could be a non-variable flat rate tariff.
  • Simple variable tariff
    Suppliers offer a simple ‘variable’ export tariff. Interpretation as to variability (e.g. day/night or weekday/weekend) and tariff rates would be up to the supplier. Must also be metered and settled.
  • Advanced variable tariff
    Suppliers offer a ‘variable’ export tariff, to reflect energy system conditions on up to a half-hourly basis. The interpretation of tariff rates would be up to the supplier. Must also be metered and settled.
  • Variable tariff linked to market
    As the advanced variable tariff, plus suppliers’ ‘link’ their variable tariff to the market. The interpretation could be up to the supplier but there would be an expectation that there should be a rise and fall linked with half-hourly market (e.g. day-ahead wholesale) prices.
  • Variable tariff benchmarked to market
    As the advanced variable tariff, plus suppliers benchmark their variable tariff to half-hourly market prices. The level of the tariff would be determined by the supplier but rising and falling in proportion to the market price. Must also be metered and settled.
How do I apply?

To apply for a SEG export tariff you will need to submit an application to a participating energy provider.

You will need to provide the following information:

1. Evidence of certification

    • For solar PV, wind or micro-CHP installations up to 50kW
      You will need to provide evidence that both your installation and your installer have appropriate certification. 
    • For solar PV, wind or micro-CHP installations from 50kW – 5MW
      You will need to provide evidence that your installation has appropriate certification. 
    • For anaerobic digestion and hydro installations up to 5MW
      You will need to provide evidence that your installation has appropriate certification. 

2. Confirmation of current export payments

Receiving payments from more than one export tariff at a time is prohibited and you will be required to confirm whether or not you are currently receiving FIT export payments or payments from another SEG export tariff.

How much could I earn from the Smart Export Guarantee?

There are many factors to consider when trying to understand the amount you could earn from an export tariff, including:

  1. Tariff rates – Energy providers are currently offering rates from 0.5p per kWh to 5.6p per kWh, see our tariff tables for more information on the fixed tariffs and variable tariffs available.
  2. The amount of electricity you can generate
  3. The amount of electricity you use
  4. The amount of electricity you export
  5. The time of day you export (if applicable)
  6. Whether you store electricity in a battery

To help evaluate the possible financial benefits for you please check out the Solar Panel & Battery Storage calculator on the Great Homes website.

Who sets the tariff rates?

Tariffs are set by SEG providers. Required to provide at least one export tariff, SEG providers are free to provide more tariff options for generators to choose from. They are also able to make appropriate discounts in the setting of the tariffs for any administration costs.

The remuneration must be greater than zero and at times of negative pricing, generators must not be required to remunerate suppliers for electricity exported to the grid.

Smaller suppliers also have the possibility to provide a SEG tariff but must adhere to the rules and guidelines associated with SEG.

Can I claim more than one export tariff?

No, you cannot receive more than one SEG export tariff at at time, nor can you be receiving FIT export payments.

Can I export from my energy storage device?

Although energy providers are not required to include battery storage in their export tariffs, many do offer the ability for you to earn money from electricity you export from your energy storage device, however the restrictions on the type of electricity you can export may vary from provider to provider.

Green energy

This refers to energy generated from your solar panels and all providers who include battery storage will pay for green energy. 

Brown energy

This refers to energy you draw from the grid. Some providers will not pay for this type of energy and may ask for evidence that the generation circuit being measured by the export meter is unrelated to the battery storage, to ensure no payment is issued for this type of energy.

What if I have a complaint?

Any complaints should first be directed to your SEG provider. If a resolution has not been reached after 8 weeks you may refer your complaint to the Energy Ombudsman.

For more information about making a complaint about an energy provider please visit the Ofgem website.

recommended export tariffs

The following energy providers all accept Flexi-Orb certificates for their export tariffs. 

British Gas

Variable tariff paying 3.2p per kWh

See details
Bulb

Fixed tariff paying 5.57p per kWh if Bulb supplies your electricity or 3p per kWh if another provider supplies your electricity

See details
E.on

Fixed tariffs paying 3.0p or 5.5p per kWh

See details
Ovo

Fixed tariff paying 4.0p per kWh

See details
SE

Variable tariff paying up to 20p per kWh

See details
SSE

Variable tariff paying 3.5p per kWh

See details

all available export tariffs

Please see below details on each available export tariff along with links for further information or to sign up. This information is correct as of 14 April 2021 and will be updated as we become aware of any changes.

Providers showing the following image are accepting Flexi-Orb for their tariffs. Accepted for SEG

BRITISH GAS

Accepted for SEG

Export & Earn Flex Tariff

  • Tariff type: Variable
  • Tariff length: No fixed end date
  • Tariff rate: 3.2 pence per kWh
  • Payment frequency: Bi-Annually
  • Exit fees: None
  • Includes battery storage: Yes

Additional information:

  • You do not need to receive your electricity supply from British Gas to be eligible for this tariff

BULB

Accepted for SEG

Export Payments (Exclusive)

  • Tariff type: Fixed
  • Tariff length: No fixed end date
  • Tariff rate: 5.57 pence per kWh
  • Payment frequency: Bi-Annually
  • Exit fees: None
  • Includes battery storage: Yes

Additional information:

  • You must receive your electricity supply from Bulb to be eligible for this tariff

Export Payments (Standard)

  • Tariff type: Fixed
  • Tariff length: No fixed end date
  • Tariff rate: 3.0 pence per kWh
  • Payment frequency: Bi-Annually
  • Exit fees: None
  • Includes battery storage: Yes

Additional information:

  • You do not need to receive your electricity supply from Bulb to be eligible for this tariff

E

E SEG January 2020 v.1

  • Tariff type: Variable
  • Tariff length: Unknown
  • Tariff rate: 1.0 pence per kWh
  • Payment frequency: Unknown
  • Exit fees: Unknown
  • Includes battery storage: Unknown

Additional information:

  • Please contact E to determine the tariff length, frequency of payments, exit fees, if they include battery storage and whether you need to receive your supply from them to be eligible for their export tariff

EDF Energy

Export & Earn Tariff

  • Tariff type: Fixed
  • Tariff length: 12-month fixed term
  • Tariff rate: 1.5 pence per kWh
  • Payment frequency: Quarterly
  • Exit fees: None
  • Includes battery storage: No

Additional information:

  • You do not need to receive your electricity supply from EDF Energy to be eligible for this tariff

E.ON ENERGY

Accepted for SEG

Fix & Export Exclusive v1 Tariff

  • Tariff type: Fixed
  • Tariff length: 12-month fixed term
  • Tariff rate: 5.5 pence per kWh
  • Payment frequency: Annually (although can request up to 4 payments per year)
  • Exit fees: None
  • Includes battery storage: Yes

Additional information:

  • You do not need to receive your electricity supply from E.ON Energy to be eligible for this tariff
  • This tariff is exclusively for any new E.ON solar sales after 1 January 2020

Fix & Export v1 Tariff

  • Tariff type: Fixed
  • Tariff length: 12-month fixed term
  • Tariff rate: 3.0 pence per kWh
  • Payment frequency: Annually (although can request up to 4 payments per year)
  • Exit fees: None
  • Includes battery storage: Yes

Additional information:

  • You do not need to receive your electricity supply from E.ON Energy to be eligible for this tariff
  • This tariff is open to all generators up to a maximum capacity of 5MW

Octopus Energy

outgoingOctopus (Fixed)

  • Tariff type: Fixed
  • Tariff length: 12-month fixed term
  • Tariff rate: 5.5 pence per kWh
  • Payment frequency: Monthly
  • Exit fees: None
  • Includes battery storage: Yes

Additional information:

  • You must get your electricity supply from Octopus in order to benefit from this tariff
  • You can’t be on both outgoingOctopus and OctopusGo, (the EV tariff), at the same time
  • If you have started receiving FiTs in the last 12 months, the FiT rules mean you won’t be able to switch to outgoingOctopus just yet

outgoingOctopus (Agile)

  • Tariff type: Variable
  • Tariff length: No fixed end date
  • Tariff rate: 4.0 pence per kWh (off-peak hours) to around 10.0 pence per kWh (peak hours)
  • Payment frequency: Monthly
  • Exit fees: None
  • Includes battery storage: Yes

Additional information:

  • You must get your electricity supply from Octopus in order to benefit from this tariff
  • You can’t be on both outgoingOctopus and OctopusGo, (the EV tariff), at the same time
  • If you have started receiving FiTs in the last 12 months, the FiT rules mean you won’t be able to switch to outgoingOctopus just yet

outgoingOctopus (Export Only)

  • Tariff type: Fixed
  • Tariff length: 12-month fixed term
  • Tariff rate: 3.0 pence per kWh
  • Payment frequency: Monthly
  • Exit fees: None
  • Includes battery storage: Yes

Additional information:

  • This tariff is for export only customers and so you are eligible only if you receive your electricity supply from another provider

OVO ENERGY

Accepted for SEG

OVO SEG Tariff

  • Tariff type: Fixed
  • Tariff length: 12-month fixed term
  • Tariff rate: 4.0 pence per kWh
  • Payment frequency: Monthly
  • Exit fees: £15
  • Includes battery storage: Yes

Additional information:

  • You do not need to receive your electricity supply from OVO Energy to be eligible for this tariff

Pure Planet

SEG Tariff (for Members)

  • Tariff type: Fixed
  • Tariff length: 12 months
  • Tariff rate: 5.0 pence per kWh
  • Payment frequency: Quarterly
  • Exit fees: unknown
  • Includes battery storage: Yes

Additional information:

  • You must receive your electricity supply from Pure Planet to be eligible for this tariff
  • Please contact Pure Planet to determine whether any exit fees may be charged

SEG Tariff (Export Only)

  • Tariff type: Fixed
  • Tariff length: 12 months
  • Tariff rate: 3.0 pence per kWh
  • Payment frequency: Quarterly
  • Exit fees: unknown
  • Includes battery storage: Yes

Additional information:

  • You do not need to receive your electricity supply from Pure Planet to be eligible for this tariff
  • Please contact Pure Planet to determine whether any exit fees may be charged

Scottish Power

Smart Export Variable Tariff

  • Tariff type: Variable
  • Tariff length: No fixed end date
  • Tariff rate: 4.0 pence per kWh
  • Payment frequency: Bi-Annually
  • Exit fees: None
  • Includes battery storage: No

Additional information:

  • You do not need to receive your electricity supply from Scottish Power to be eligible for this tariff
  • As part of the application you must supply installer certification that states the generation circuit being measured by the export meter is unrelated to the battery storage, to ensure no payment is issued for that type of energy

Shell Energy

SEG Tariff

  • Tariff type: Variable
  • Tariff length: No fixed end date
  • Tariff rate: 3.5 pence per kWh
  • Payment frequency: Annually
  • Exit fees: None
  • Includes battery storage: Yes

Additional information:

  • You do not need receive your electricity supply from Shell Energy to be eligible for this tariff

So Energy

Smart Export Tariff

  • Tariff type: Fixed
  • Tariff length: 12-month fixed term
  • Tariff rate: 5.0 pence per kWh
  • Payment frequency: Monthly
  • Exit fees: Unknown
  • Includes battery storage: Unknown

Additional information:

  • You do not need receive your electricity supply from So Energy to be eligible for this tariff
  • Please contact So Energy to determine the exit fees and if they include battery storage

SOCIAL ENERGY

Accepted for SEG

Smarter Export Tariff

  • Tariff type: Variable
  • Tariff length: No fixed end date
  • Tariff rate: see additional info
  • Payment frequency: Quarterly
  • Exit fees: None
  • Includes battery storage: Yes

Additional information:

  • Social Energy will pay 20p per kWh for the first 1000kW, then 6p per kWh for each additional kW exported.
  • This tariff is only offered to supply customers with solar and an SE battery
  • This tariff is being provided optionally and is not under the SEG

SSE

Accepted for SEG

Smart Export Tariff

  • Tariff type: Variable
  • Tariff length: No fixed end date
  • Tariff rate: 3.5 pence per kWh
  • Payment frequency: Yearly
  • Exit fees: No
  • Includes battery storage: Yes

Additional information:

  • You do not need to receive your electricity supply from SSE to be eligible for this tariff

Utilita

Smart Export Guarantee

  • Tariff type: Fixed
  • Tariff length: Unknown
  • Tariff rate: 3.0 pence per kWh
  • Payment frequency: Unknown
  • Exit fees: None
  • Includes battery storage: Unknown

Additional information:

  • Please contact Utilita to determine the frequency of payments and if they include battery storage

Utility Warehouse

UW Smart Export Guarantee

  • Tariff type: Standard variable
  • Tariff length: No fixed end date
  • Tariff rate: 2.0 pence per kWh
  • Payment frequency: Quarterly
  • Exit fees: None
  • Includes battery storage: Yes

Additional information:

  • You do NOT need to receive your electricity supply from Utility Warehouse to be eligible for this tariff