During the Public Consultation on the Future Development of the Electricity Market in 2015, public attitude towards the development of Renewable Energy (RE) was positive. There was general support for the further development of RE, despite its higher tariff implications.
Under the post-2018 Scheme of Control Agreements (SCAs), Feed-in Tariff (FiT) and RE Certificates are two important new initiatives to promote the development of distributed RE. FiT will help encourage the private sector to consider investing in RE as the power generated could be sold to the power companies at a rate higher than the normal electricity tariff rate to help recover the costs of investment in the RE systems and generation. At the same time, RE Certificates will be sold by the power companies for units of electricity from RE sources. Through these RE Certificates, the community can show its support for RE. The revenue from the RE Certificates will also help alleviate the overall tariff impact on all consumers brought about by the introduction of the FiT scheme. Apart from the FiT and RE Certificates schemes, the power companies will facilitate grid connection and improve the relevant arrangements.
The key features of the FiT Scheme are as follows:
For CLP, application forms and information are now available on CLP's website and CLP app. Successful applicants can start receiving FiT from 1 October 2018. For Hongkong Electric, application details will be announced in August 2018 with application opening in September 2018. Successful applicants can start receiving FiT from 1 January 2019.
The main features of the RE Certificates are as follows:
Measures to Further Promote RE Development
To promote public participation in RE development, EMSD has added this new section on FiT to the HKRE Net, aiming to provide relevant information to the public as far as practicable. A hotline (6395 2930) has also been set up to handle enquiries about RE. While we strive to provide useful information in relation to the installation of RE systems to the public through the website and the hotline, and in the interest of facilitating the public, will coordinate information from other relevant departments concerning requirements beyond EMSD's purview, please note that the information provided is by no means exhaustive and members of the public are encouraged to seek advice from a professional in the event that they are not sure about the requirements applicable to installation of RE systems at their particular premises.