If you generate renewable energy at your home, you might be eligible for our Export Payments. Sign up and we'll pay you for the energy you export to the grid.
How much you'll get paid
We’ll pay you every 6 months, in April and October.
- our exclusive rate of 5.57p per kWh if Bulb supplies your electricity
- our standard rate of 3p per kWh if you get your electricity from another supplier
If you switch your electricity supplier while getting Export Payments with Bulb, the rate we pay you will change from the date your switch completes.
You can sign up for our Export Payments if:
- you generate electricity from solar photovoltaic panels, wind, hydro, anaerobic digestion or micro combined heat and power (micro-CHP)
- you have a smart meter or export meter that records your exported energy every half hour
- your installation has an MCS certificate, or a certificate from an equivalent scheme, such as Flexi-Orb
- the total installed capacity of your installation doesn’t exceed 5 MW, or 50 kW for micro-CHP (you can find this information on your installation’s certificate)
Our Export Payments are subject to Terms and Conditions.
You don’t have to be a Bulb member to sign up
You can sign up for our Export Payments even if your electricity is supplied by another energy supplier.
You'll get our standard rate of 3p per kWh. But if you switch to Bulb, you'll get our exclusive rate of 5.57p per kWh.
If you already get export payments with another supplier
You can only get paid for exports by one energy supplier.
If you’re already getting payments from another supplier, but you'd prefer to get them from Bulb, follow these steps:
- Contact your current supplier and let them know you're applying to switch to Bulb's Export payments.
- Sign up for Export Payments with Bulb.
- We'll ask you to send us an export reading once we've agreed on your switch date. You can also send this reading to your old export supplier, so they can make your final payment.
And if you get Feed-In Tariff export payments with another supplier, you’ll have to tell them you want to opt-out of those payments before you can apply for Export Payments with Bulb.
If you have batteries
You can sign up for Export Payments if you have batteries that export, as long as you also have a certified renewable installation.
We currently don't pay for energy from batteries alone.
After you’ve signed up
We'll check your installation is eligible, then do some behind-the-scenes work so that Bulb can claim your exported energy as our contribution to the grid.
We’ll email you when we've finished setting up your Export Payments.
We might have to take some extra steps to set up your payments if either:
- you’re switching your Export Payments to Bulb from a different supplier
- the total installed capacity of your installation is greater than 30 kW
Because these extra steps involve third party companies, we can’t estimate how long they’ll take. But when they’re done, we’ll get in touch to ask you for an opening reading.
If your installation’s total installed capacity is greater than 30 kW, we might ask you to pay for extra costs associated with your installation or electricity generation. For example, if there’s a cost for setting up an export MPAN. We’ve outlined this in clause 5.3 of our Smart Export Guarantee Terms and Conditions.
Sending export readings
We'll try to take readings from your smart meter automatically.
If we can't, you'll need to send us an export reading every 6 months. We'll send you an email when it’s time. You can find out how to take an export reading from your smart meter if you’re not sure.
How your exported energy reaches the grid
Your exported electricity will automatically go to the grid as long as your installation is connected to it. When you sign up for Export Payments with Bulb, we’ll pay you for that electricity, and claim it as our contribution to the grid.
For Bulb to claim the electricity that you export, your export MPAN (a number that identifies your export meter point) must be registered to Bulb. Don't worry, we register it when you sign up.
If you’re not signed up to our Export Payments at the moment, Bulb won’t be able to claim your electricity. Until you have an export MPAN that is registered to Bulb, the electricity you export doesn’t go to Bulb.
Because of this, we aren't able to make back-payments for electricity that you exported before you were signed up to our Export Payments.