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What is the Smart Export Guarantee Tariff, and how do I join?

On the Octopus Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) tariff, customers get paid for any electricity they export to the grid (via home solar generation, smart batteries, wind turbines, biogas, biomass, CCGT, CHP, crop, hydro and more).

Customers earn a flat rate of 4.1p/kWh for every unit of power they export.

Why choose our SEG tariff?

We have a few different export tariff options. You can read more about our smart Outgoing Octopus tariff here. So, is SEG the one for you?

Our SEG tariff is perfect for people who’d like to join Octopus for their energy export, but stay with a different supplier for their import tariff (i.e., the power your home uses from the grid). It’s also a great option for people who want to use Octopus Go for their import tariff, and are also keen to keep getting paid for their exports at the same time.

How do I join Octopus’ Smart Export Guarantee tariff?

Whether you’re brand new to Octopus, or you’re already a customer of ours, once you're sure that you meet the criteria below, fill out our application form to sign up.

If you’re looking to export anything other than energy generated by solar PV, you should get in touch with smart@octopus.energy as you will likely not have an MCS certificate - which contains the details we would usually use to sign you up.

If you’re interested in exporting energy generated by home solar PV via our Smart Export Guarantee tariff, then there’s a few things that you’ll need:

  • First you’ll need a smart meter that we can take half-hourly readings from (either a second generation 'SMETS2' smart meter or a first generation 'SMETS1' meter made by Secure). Here’s how to work out what type of meter you have. Here’s how to work out what type of meter you have.

  • An MCS certificate (this ensures the quality of any solar panels you use to export electricity).

  • A confirmation letter or email from your Distribution Network Operator (DNO) explaining that they’ve been notified regarding your installation. (Your Distribution Network Operator has to be informed and agree to a microgeneration system (including battery storage) being connected - usually your MCS registered installer will have done this through a G59, G83, G98 or G99. Your DNO should then have sent back a letter or email to confirm they received and processed the notification form.)

  • Confirmation that you’re not already receiving FIT payments (you can confirm this in the sign up form and we’ll check the FIT register just to be sure).

Once you have the information above, you can get started with Octopus' Smart Export Guarantee tariff.

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