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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.

'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.

The planned 48 hours maintenance outage has been postponed. The MID will now go offline from midnight Tuesday 1st March through to 9am Thursday 3rd March 2016. The MCS Installation Database (MID) will not be accessible during this period. This postponement is due to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) deadline in Northern Ireland.

As we are now in February, MCS would like to take this opportunity to remind MCS Heat Pump Contractors that the transition period that has been in place since 26th September 2015 for the Ecodesign of Energy-related Products Directive, will be coming to an end in March.

MCS has released version 1.3 of the MCS Heat Pump Calculator, along with an accompanying user guide.

MCS is pleased to confirm our attendance at Ecobuild 2016 (8-10 March), a world leading event for sustainable design, construction, energy and the build environment.

The MCS Administrator has today removed seven Solar Assisted Heat Pumps (SAHP), certified by SZU and manufactured by Energy Panel S.L. The manufacturer and certification body are currently working together to rectify this. They aim to reinstate the products on the MCS Installation Database  as soon as possible. Please check our product listings for an update on the SAHPs. 

Ofgem have now published their ‘Guidance on pausing the FIT scheme’, along with their response to the stakeholder feedback they received, which lists the changes that have been made since the draft guidance was published on 17 December 2015.