The MCS Charitable Foundation and the MCS Service Company have submitted a joint response to the Government’s consultation on the proposed closure of the Feed-In Tariffs Scheme which supports small-scale low-carbon generation in the UK.
We strongly opposed the proposed closure of the scheme to new applicants after March 2019. If adopted, it would mean the small-scale low-carbon generation sector would be the only part of the low-carbon sector not supported by the Government. This would mean it would be only the well-heeled who could subsidise a commitment to a low carbon future. Community projects, the disadvantaged and the fuel poor would be excluded.
We believe that a vibrant industry providing high quality installations for consumers willing to invest their own funds is critical for the UK to meet its carbon targets. We are concerned that the Government’s proposals would cause significant harm to the industry which is already struggling to adjust to previous and sudden reductions in support. Standards are likely to suffer, consumer confidence would be undermined meaning they would be less likely to invest and the achievements of the past 12 years in developing a supply chain and skilled workforce would be lost.
We have called on the Government to maintain the current Feed-in Tariff regime for micro-generators in real terms and to continue to keep the regime under regular review. We have urged them to update building control regulations so that solar PV, in conjunction with appropriately sized battery storage, be required on all suitable new roofs.
The full consultation response is here (link to website).
The Board of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme Service Company (MCSSCo) has appointed Ian Rippin as its very first Chief Executive. Read more
The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) has today launched a revised version of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme Brand Guidelines (version 3.0) with references to the ‘Secretary of State’ replaced with the ‘MCS Charitable Foundation’. This revision has been made to align with the new structure and ownership of the MCS Scheme. You can view the new MCS Branding Guidelines here.
If you have any questions regarding the branding guidelines or the website please contact email@example.com
Today, MCS has published Issue 1.2 of MGD 001, the guidance document to accompany MCS 001-1 MCS Contractor Certification Scheme Requirements Part 1: Requirements for MCS Contractors.
Guidance on satisfying clause 4 in MCS 001-1 (Contracts and customer requirements) has been updated to align with the introduction of the Assignment of Rights (AoR) to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). Read more
Following previous communication, the MCS Steering Group met on 5th December 2017 and agreed an increase of the per installation fee to £30 to take place on or as soon as practicable after 1st March 2018. Post-novation, the MCSSCo Board of Directors unanimously supported this decision.
This fee was agreed as the minimum increase necessary to allow the Scheme to function with a balanced budget.
MCSSCo would like to update you on two developments with key dates to be aware of next month.
MCS is aware of phishing emails being sent to MCS Contractors due to the ‘Contact Installer’ forms being misused by an automated programme designed for such a purpose.
On 7th February 2018, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) laid regulations to implement reforms to both the Domestic and Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) schemes before Parliament. On 27th June 2018, Assignment of Rights will come into effect for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).
It has been just over a month since the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) became fully independent of government through novation and we are already making progress in a number of key areas.
The MCS transferred to the MCS Service Company Limited and the MCS Charitable Foundation on April 25 2018. Both held their first Board meetings in May.
Energy Saving Trust, in partnership with West College Scotland, is offering a free to attend half-day workshop for installers in Scotland who are/wish to be involved with energy storage systems.
The training course will cover: