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.
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We have been working to enhance and outline the value and benefits of your MCS membership.
Membership of MCS forms a solid base for growing your business. We provide our members with trusted and exceptional opportunities to position your business as a quality, reputable renewable energy installer at the forefront of this growing industry. Your continued membership will give you access to new MCS initiatives planned for 2019, including a new certification scheme for Battery Storage systems.
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MCS demonstrates the quality of products and competence of installers in the renewable technology sector. MCS benefits include:
The Government is considering MCS as the route through which households can access the new Smart Export Guarantee (SEG). If MCS is confirmed as the route then to be eligible, installations up to and including 50kw in size will then need to use MCS certified equipment, fitted by an MCS registered installer. Registering an installation with MCS after the end of the Feed-in-Tariff is then likely to give your customers access to SEG once live.
To support your customers, MCS certificates are often required in the following situations:
- To meet lending requirements on homes. The Council of Mortgage Lenders has advised that, as a minimum to avoid the risk of a property being ineligible for a mortgage, both new and existing Solar PV installations must be MCS certified.
- Compliance with insurance requirements. Many insurance companies require MCS for renewable technologies that are installed at a policyholder’s address. MCS cannot be given retrospectively and so not having MCS at the point of installation, may cause issues for your customers when they come to insure their homes.
- Access to competitive finance deals. Finance companies can require MCS to enable access to their most competitive lending rates. For these organisations, MCS is seen to reduce their risk under the Consumer Credit Act.
If doing work which involves Building Control regulations or NHBC they will continue to ask for an MCS certificate as a way of demonstrating quality assurance. A number of planning authorities still require an MCS certificate.
PV installations still need to comply with Building Control regulations. To notify under these regulations, installers need to be registered on a Competent Persons Scheme. MCS is the only scheme to prove competence when installing renewables.
Let your potential customers know that you are part of a nationally recognised, quality assurance scheme, supported by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. You can use the MCS Quality Mark logo on your van, website and marketing materials.
Your business listing on the MCS database means you are visible to consumers searching for an approved, reputable Contractor.
When registering an installation against the MCS standard, you are making a clear statement to your customer that the work you have completed complies with the MCS government-approved standard. Demonstrate your commitment to quality by operating to these ever-improving industry standards. Use our standards to improve performance, reduce risk, work more sustainably or simply to stay compliant.
Our new battery storage standard will better equip the industry to roll out energy storage installations while ensuring consumer protection. Battery Storage can work alongside a Solar PV system, whether retro-fitted to an existing installation or fitted as part of a new installation. Register online now for scheme updates and to be part of the pilot scheme that will launch this summer. Be one of the first installers to achieve accreditation under this innovative new scheme.
Please visit, www.microgenerationcertification.org/battery-storage to find out more.
As an MCS approved contractor, your membership of a Consumer Code (the Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC), The Home Insulation & Energy Systems Contractors Scheme (HIES) or the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF)) ensures your customers are protected by a Trading Standards Institute (TSI) Approved Code of Practice.
MCS works closely with Consumer Codes to identify, expose and if necessary, remove those less reputable organisations from the MCS scheme.
MCS is linked to the Governments’s finance schemes and incentives, such as the Feed-in Tariffs (FIT) and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).
MCS is an eligibility requirement for the various incentive programmes available.
Download the ‘Your MCS Community’ publication here .