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About MCS

MCS is a mark of quality and demonstrates
compliance to industry standards that companies
strive to meet. It highlights to consumers that
companies are able to consistently install or
manufacture to the highest quality every time.

Today MCS has published a new issue of MCS 023 (Additional Requirements for MCS Contractors to demonstrate PAS2030 equivalence for the installation of Microgeneration technologies Issue 2.0).

Today MCS has published a new issue of MCS 001 (MCS Contractor Certification Scheme requirements - Issue 3.1).

MCS 001 has also been split into two separate parts one including MCS Contractor requirements (MCS 001-1) and the second including the Certification Process (MCS 001-2). Both parts of the standard, read together, constitute MCS 001 and should be viewed as a single standard.

The Management Panel of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) is responsible for the day to day delivery of the scheme and implements the decisions of the MCS Steering Group which is responsible for the policy and direction of the scheme.

Following feedback from the industry, the MCS Scheme has taken the decision to postpone the implementation of the Installation Fee increase which was due to come into effect on 22nd September 2017. The implementation of the Installer Fee decrease is unchanged. The Scheme appreciates the process of raising the installation fee has caused issues and concern for the industry.

MCS has today published Issue 1.0 of the MCS Heat Pump System Performance Estimate template referenced throughout Issue 5.0 of MIS 3005 (Requirements for MCS Contractors undertaking the supply, design, installation, set to work, commissioning and handover of microgeneration heat pump systems).

Following the communication regarding the impact of the Regulations for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), and after listening to feedback from the industry, the scheme would like to provide some further information and updates about the Installation Fee increase and purchase of additional credits.

MCS Contractors may apply for additional installation fee credits above their individual credit CAP. If additional credits are required to commission the installations prior to the 19th September, provided that MCS Contractors submit supporting evidence of this with their request to the MCS Administrator. These requests will be considered by scheme management.

On 30th August, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) laid amendments to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) which include increased tariffs and the introduction of heat demand limits for domestic heat pump and biomass installations. These regulations will come into force on 20th September 2017.

The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) has been running for a number of years now and has achieved many milestones throughout that time. By 2016 it had registered 1 million installations which was a huge achievement. The benefits of independent, third party certification, including low installation fees, have contributed to the growth of the microgeneration sector and have enabled consumers to access renewable subsidies with confidence. The installation fees have not been raised during the scheme’s lifetime despite tariff changes and subsequent reductions in the number of installations being registered with MCS.

In order for MCS to be sustainable and continuously to improve its processes and systems the Scheme now needs to raise the installation fee from £15 to £35. The fee increase will take effect on 22nd September 2017. In parallel, in order to offset the effects of the installation fee increase, the annual installer fee will be reduced from £110 to £55 on the same date. This will be payable through the Certification Body as usual.

MCS has published the July 2017 edition of the newsletter.