Everything you need to know about the Smart Export Guarantee

Learn about the Smart Export Guarantee; discover eligibility, benefits, and how to make the most of this incentive!

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- What is the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG)?

- Who can apply to the SEG?

- What do you need to apply to the SEG?

- How to choose which provider to go with?

- Which suppliers offer export tariffs?

It's very exciting to have had your solar panels installed, but how can you make money from any excess electricity that you produce and sell back to the National grid?

What is the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG)?

The Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) is a government-supported program designed to incentivise renewable energy adoption by enabling homeowners and businesses to sell surplus energy generated by their solar panels back to the grid. Under the SEG scheme, participants are compensated for the electricity they export to the grid, providing a financial incentive for investing in renewable energy systems like solar panels. 

This initiative not only promotes the adoption of clean energy but also empowers individuals and businesses to contribute to a more sustainable energy landscape while potentially offsetting their energy costs.

Who can apply to the SEG?

Individuals who have renewable energy generation systems installed at home should be eligible to enrol in a SEG tariff. However, there are certain criteria that must be met to qualify:

  • Your installation must be of 5MW capacity or less.
  • You'll need a meter that can provide half-hourly readings for electricity export (smart meters).
  • Your installation must be MCS-certified.

We have made sure that all installations done through MakeMyHouseGreen meet these requirements, so you don’t have to worry about this if you choose to have your installation with us!

What do you need to apply to the SEG?

Each supplier has different application requirements, but there are a few documents you usually need to send through, or extract information from:

  • MCS certificate, which will include your installation details, smart meter details, and site details
  • A copy of your final bill marked as “paid”
  • Site schematic/single line connection diagram
  • G98/G99 post commissioning District Network Operator (DNO) notification form
  • G98/G99 DNO response

For all installations facilitated by MakeMyHouseGreen, you can anticipate receiving the necessary documents within 14 days of your installation. We streamline the process to ensure swift delivery of these documents to you. However, please note that obtaining the G98/G99 DNO response may take up to three months, as it relies on the DNO's response time.

Rest assured, once these documents are ready for you, we'll promptly notify you if your installation was completed through us. Additionally, you'll have convenient access to these documents at any time by logging into our platform, ensuring you have all the necessary information readily available. Handy, right?

How to choose which provider to go with?

Energy suppliers determine their own Smart Export Guarantee tariff rates, meaning it's wise to shop around and compare options to ensure you're securing the best deal.

Your SEG (Smart Export Guarantee) supplier doesn't necessarily have to be the same company that provides your energy. However, opting for a unified supplier for both energy supply and export often leads to a more favourable export rate. Choosing a single supplier streamlines the process and can potentially unlock better rates for the energy you sell back to the grid.

There are fixed rate and variable rate SEG tariffs:

  • Fixed rate SEGs have a set amount that they pay per kWh of electricity exported to the grid.
  • Variable rate SEGs pay varying amounts depending on how valuable the electricity is to the system at different times.

Each SEG provider will have details of their specific application process on their website.

Which suppliers offer export tariffs, and how do they compare?

All energy suppliers serving more than 150,000 customers are obligated to provide an SEG tariff. Nonetheless, certain suppliers extend additional export tariffs, often with more favourable rates that may require different requirements. Below, we've compiled a list of these options to help you pinpoint the one that best aligns with your needs and preferences.

Octopus (Variable)

Tariff Name: Outgoing Agile Octopus

Tariff type: Variable

Price: Matches your half-hourly prices with day-ahead wholesale rates. 

Notes: You could earn over 50% more than with the Fixed Outgoing Octopus.
Octopus must be your import supplier. If not, the price goes down to 4.1p / kWh.

Octopus (Fixed)

Tariff name: Outgoing Fixed Octopus

Tariff type: Fixed

Price: 15p / kWh

Notes: Octopus must be your import supplier. If not, the price goes down to 4.1p / kWh.


Tariff name: Tesla Energy Plan

Tariff type: Variable

Price: 24p - 26p / kWh, according to location.

Notes: You must have at least one Powerwall 2 battery installed, and your annual consumption of daytime energy (from 07:00-19:30) has to remain less than 9,500 kWh per Powerwall installed.

EDF Energy

Tariff name: EDF Export Variable Value

Tariff type: Fixed

Price: 5.6p / kWh

Notes: EDF Energy has to be your import supplier. If not, the price goes down to 1.5p / kWh.


Tariff name: Smart Export Guarantee - Bundle

Tariff type: Variable

Price: 5.6p / kWh

Notes: Utility Warehouse must be your import supplier, and you have to have two or more additional services with them. If not, the price goes down to 2p / kWh.


Tariff name: Export payments

Tariff type: Fixed

Price: 5.57p / kWh

Notes: Bulb must be your import supplier. If not, the price goes down to 3 / per kWh.

Scottish Power

Tariff name: Smart Export Variable tariff

Tariff type: Variable

Price: 5.5p / kWh

Notes: Scottish Power doesn’t have to be your import supplier.

E.ON Next

Tariff name: Next Export Exclusive

Tariff type: Fixed

Price: 5.5p / kWh

Notes: You must have bought your solar installation with E.ON Solar after 1 January 2020. If not, the price goes down to 3p / kWh.

SO Energy 

Tariff name: So Altair

Tariff type: Fixed

Price: 5p / kWh

Notes: So Energy doesn’t have to be your import supplier.

OVO Energy

Tariff name: OVO SEG tariff

Tariff type: Fixed

Price: 4p / kWh

Notes: OVO Energy doesn’t have to be your import supplier.

Shell Energy

Tariff name: SEG tariff

Tariff type: Variable

Price: 3.5p / kWh

Notes: Shell Energy doesn’t have to be your import supplier.

British Gas

Tariff name: Export and Earn Flex

Tariff type: Variable

Price: 3.2p / kWh

Notes: British Gas doesn’t have to be your import supplier.


Tariff name: Smart Export Guarantee

Tariff type: Fixed

Price: 3p / kWh

Notes: Utilita doesn't have to be your import supplier.

Last updated on 12/04/2024.

How is the SEG different from the Feed in Tariff?

The SEG has replaced the Feed-in Tariff (FiT), which has now concluded. Under the SEG, energy suppliers compensate you for the renewable energy you feed into the Grid.

Unlike the FiT, which involved payment for generated electricity and a separate export tariff, the SEG solely involves compensation for exported renewable energy.

During the FiT period, households received payments for all generated renewable energy, in addition to export payments for the green energy supplied to the Grid.

Under the FiT scheme, the export tariff was calculated based on the assumption that households would export 50% of their renewable energy production, with payments made at a standard rate.

However, with the SEG, the payment rate varies depending on your chosen supplier, and compensation is based on the actual amount of electricity you export, rather than a fixed assumption of 50%.

Another key distinction between the two schemes is their funding mechanism: while the FiT was funded through a levy on all consumers' energy bills, the SEG is financed by energy suppliers themselves.

What occurs if you're already receiving FiT payments?

You can continue receiving Feed in Tariff income regardless of whether you're enrolled in an SEG tariff or not, but it's not possible to receive both payments simultaneously.

Although the FiT scheme ended in March 2019, those who enrolled before that date are entitled to receive payments throughout the duration of their contract, typically spanning 20 years.

Every 12 months, you have the option to transition from your FiT export tariff to the SEG, although we advise proceeding with caution and only making the switch if it results in higher payments.

We know the SEG application process can be overwhelming, but hopefully this guide will help you navigate through it!

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