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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.

As interest grows in the role that battery storage can play in improving the performance of solar PV systems by capturing any surplus electricity generated (allowing consumers to store solar electricity for use later in the day), the Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC) along with BRE’s National Solar Centre (NSC) have drawn up some guidance for installers and consumers.

As we are now only a few days away from 26th March, MCS would like to take this opportunity to remind MCS Heat Pump Manufacturers and Contractors that the transition period that has been in place since 26th September for the Ecodesign of Energy-related Products Directive will soon be coming to an end.

Due to the Easter Holiday Weekend the MCS Helpdesk will be shut on Friday 25th March and Monday 28th March. Normal service will resume on Tuesday 29th March.

The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) has today published a six week consultation on the Scheme Criteria and Defined Scope Routes.

The MCS Administrator is pleased to announce that in addition to last week’s two reinstatements,  one more Solar Assisted Heat Pumps (SAHP), certified by SZU and manufactured by Energy Panel S.L has now also regained certification.

The MCS Administrator is pleased to announce that today it has reinstated two Solar Assisted Heat Pumps (SAHP), certified by SZU and manufactured by Energy Panel S.L.

'Batteries and Solar Power: Guidance for domestic and small commercial consumers'.

This new guide explains the types of battery storage on the market and how they fit with existing or new solar PV systems. It explains how much electricity a typical system will store and under what circumstances and the expected lifetime.

The Department of of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) has suspended the Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme to new applications from 29th February 2016. Ofgem continue to administer the Non-Domestic RHI scheme on DETI’s behalf. The Great Britain RHI scheme is unaffected. For further information please see Ofgem's frequently asked questions.

The competence of a company is paramount to providing consumer protection. However demonstrating this competence at times can be complex.

Previously companies would have been asked to provide evidence of competence through a route of preferred qualifications. Whilst this is a relatively easy route to implement, this route could penalise many installation companies, whose workforce can install technologies perfectly well without having attended the specific qualification, or indeed impart an additional cost on those companies to undertake the exercise.

MCS has published the February 2016 edition of the newsletter.