The Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) is a new scheme encouraging people to use renewable energy to power their homes. Effective from 1 January 2020, an SEG tariff will provide eligible small-scale, low-carbon generators with payments for the electricity they export to the National Grid.
For example, households with solar panels will likely produce more energy than they use. Rather than letting this go to waste, the surplus energy gets exported to the grid. Under the new SEG scheme, anyone producing more energy than they use will receive payments.
SEG acts as an alternative to the Feed-in Tariff, which ended in March 2019, and helps the UK move towards a more sustainable future.