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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.

Following the consultation on the proposed closure of the Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation (NIRO) to new small scale onshore wind, the NIRO has now closed to onshore wind operators with a capacity of 5MW and under in Northern Ireland.

MCS has been made aware of several companies that are offering Solar PV/Thermal upgrades and maintenance in partnership with MCS.

We would like to confirm that MCS has not partnered with any installation or maintenance companies.

BRE Global as of the 1st of June 2016 have ceased certifying installers under the scheme. Arrangements have been made for existing members to transfer over to other MCS accredited certification bodies. Certification bodies accredited for the scheme have been advised to ensure they contact BRE and follow the transfer process in place to ensure conformity to regulatory standards. Please note BRE are still continuing to certifying products under the scheme.

The MCS Installation Database (MID) will be undergoing maintenance and will not be accessible from 17:00 on Monday 6th June 2016.

The Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) scheme is the Government’s subsidy scheme for generation of renewable electricity from small-scale installations. The UK is obliged by our EU State Aid notification to consult on the performance of the scheme every three years.

A reduced rate of VAT (5%) is applied when certain energy-saving products are installed in homes. As an MCS Contractor you will charge the reduced rate on the installation and any extra work that’s part of it. For further information, including clarification around which products do/don’t qualify for the reduced rate please click here.

MCS has today published an updated version of MCS 012 (Product Certification Scheme Requirements - Pitched Roof Installation Kits - Issue 2.1), which will become mandatory for all certified MCS 012 products from 2nd August 2016.

Please note that as of Monday 28th March 2016, MCS Installers who had not renewed their RECC Membership were removed from the MCS Installation Database (MID) and the Installer search on the MCS Website. The cut off for renewal was March 15th. On receipt of a list of non-renewals, the scheme took the aforementioned action in order to safeguard consumers.

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.