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Smart Export Guarantee (SEG)

We're helping you to benefit from generating your own renewable energy at home and at your business, by paying you for any excess energy you don’t need.

We'll pay you for your excess energy

As part of the Government's Smart Export Guarantee obligation we’re launching a new export tariff that will help you take a step towards self-sufficiency by investing in renewable technologies using sources like the sun and the wind to generate your own energy. This means we'll pay you for any surplus energy you don’t use in your home or business and export back to the electricity grid.


What is SEG?

SEG (Smart Export Guarantee) has been  introduced by BEIS (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy) . This is for larger suppliers to offer an export tariff to pay customers with renewable technologies like solar panels or hydro power, for any surplus energy that they send back to the grid. This tariff will be available from 1 January 2020.

What do I need to have to get SEG?

To apply for SEG, you’ll need to have one of the following:

More about Hydro Power

 It’s possible to use the natural flow of water to generate energy, as the flow of water creates electricity through a turbine. Types of installation vary depending on the individual site and the source of water to be used.


Onshore Wind

Onshore Wind

With the installation of a wind turbine, kinetic energy from wind can be used to generate electricity that can be used in your home or business.


Solar photovoltaic systems

Solar photovoltaic systems

Solar panels are made up from solar cells with semiconducting properties that can generate electric current through a process called the photovoltaic (PV) effect, we can harness the energy from sunlight and use an inverter to feed electricity into homes and businesses.  Solar panels are most often installed on roofs, but other types of PV systems are available – both fixed and portable.


Micro-Combined Heat and Power

Micro-Combined Heat and Power

A Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit can generate electricity and heat at the same time, with the intention of maximising the use of both of these, instead of wasting either (which often occurs when energy is produced through more traditional methods).


Anaerobic digestion

Anaerobic digestion

Using micro-organisms to break down biodegradable materials in the absence of oxygen can also help manage waste as well as generate electricity.  Anaerobic digestion creates a biogas that can be used as a fuel in its own right or to generate electricity through a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) engine.


You must also:

  • Be the owner of the generation unit
  • Have a generation unit with a capacity of up to 5MW
  • Have a Meter that is able to record energy that’s exported to the grid, on a half-hourly basis
  • Have an installation that is certified to the MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme), or equivalent, standards
  • Not be getting FiT Export Payments already
  • Not be receiving SEG payments from another licensee.

How do I apply for SEG?

Once you've completed our application form and sent it to us at with the required documentation, it'll take us 3-4 weeks to process your application. 


What happens next?

We’ll need to do some checks to make sure we’ve received everything we need from you.

If there isn’t already one set up, we’ll use an industry database to apply for an Export MPAN. This helps us to identify your meter so we’re able to record how much energy you’re exporting, then we can make your export payments. To set this up can take approximately a week.

Once this has been setup we’ll email you our SEG Terms & Conditions as well as a ‘SEG Plan’ which we’ll need you to sign and return back to us at  Please keep the Terms & Conditions for your records.

We may ask you for an up-to date export meter reading so that we can start to calculate your SEG payments straight away.

When we’ve received your SEG Plan we can finish setting up your account.  After that you'll receive your payments from us annually.


What’s on offer?

Our Fix & Export v0.1 tariff

  • Open to all generators up to a maximum capacity of 5MW.
  • 12-month fixed term export tariff
  • No exit fees

Competitive export rate (please contact us for our latest rate)


Get in touch

If you’ve had your renewable technology installed and have queries around SEG, you can complete our online form. You can also call us on 0345 301 4884. We’re here Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. 


The legal stuff

*Eligibility criteria

Frequently asked questions about SEG

Do I need to contact you with my Export Readings?

If we can’t obtain the export readings from your meter remotely, we’ll ask you to provide these every six months or send somebody round to collect these from your meter.

How often will I receive SEG payments?

We’ll pay you for the electricity you export once a year . However, we’ll try to obtain a reading once every six months, either by asking you to provide us with a meter reading or by sending somebody round to collect one. This is to make sure your export reads are advancing and there’s no fault with the meter. 


What if I am VAT Registered? (Businesses only)

The SEG Scheme is a non-taxable green energy scheme. If your company is VAT registered then VAT will be added to your export payment. You’ll need to complete a self-billing agreement form and declare any VAT to HMRC as part of your tax return. 

I am supplied by another company but I’d like my SEG with you. Is that possible?

Yes, you can have different suppliers for your import electricity and for your SEG Payments.

What if I change who my energy provider is?

If you change your energy supplier you’ll need to let us know as soon as possible. If we are not told, we may not be able to make your SEG payment.


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