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Health & Safety event in Sheffield for PV installers – Tuesday 5th August

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be running a free event in Sheffield for Solar PV installers. The event is aimed at installers who carryout work on commercial properties such as schools, farms, factories or may consider doing so in the future. The event will aim to provide key health and safety information to help avoid the recent rise in accidents involved in this type of work.

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Implementation of MCS 012

Due to information received through routine regulatory channels last week, MCS is of the opinion that it has to consider the notification to the European Commission of MCS 012. As such, the MCS Standards Management Group (SMG) has decided that until it is fully understood whether notification is required, a very regrettable pause is required in the implementation to ensure that MCS continues to meet its obligations.

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Last call for Energy Efficiency & Renewables Awards entries

REI is delighted to announce the four judges who will join editor Paul Stephen on the panel for this year’s Energy Efficiency & Renewables Awards.

REI is delighted to announce the four judges who will join editor Paul Stephen on the panel for this year’s Energy Efficiency & Renewables Awards.

Bill Wright (ECA), Dave Sowden (SEA), Robert Burke (HETAS) and Virginia Graham (REAL) will run the rule over entries in the run up to the awards ceremony at London’s Kensington Roof Gardens on Friday 26 September.

MCS registered installers only have until June 30 to enter the industry’s most prestigious awards in the categories below. Interest has already been strong and nomination packs can be requested by emailing Dan@EnergiseEvents.co.uk or by visiting the new website http://www.heatingandrenewablesroadshow.co.uk/awards.php


2014 award categories

    • The Contribution Award

    • Commercial Project

    • Residential New Build Project

    • Residential Retrofit Project

    • Green Innovation

    • Biomass Installer

    • High Efficiency Boiler Installer

    • Insulation Installer

    • Controls Installer

    • Solar PV Installer

    • Solar Thermal Installer

    • Air Source Heat Pump Installer

    • Ground Source Heat Pump Installer

    • Commercial Installer

    • Energy Efficiency & Renewables Installer

For sponsorship opportunities please contact Jonathan Hibbert on + 44 (0) 1565 626760 or jonathan@andpublishing.co.uk

Ofgem article – Domestic RHI Advice

As the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive is now up and running, we asked Ofgem, administrators of the scheme, to offer some key tips and advice.

As the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive is now up and running, we asked Ofgem, administrators of the scheme, to offer some key tips and advice.


Top tips for complying with the Domestic RHI

  • Have a look at the Installers and Industry section on Ofgem’s website.
  • Read their Essential guide for installers.
  • If you install meters, read the Essential guide to metering.
  • Promote your MCS accreditation only for the technology that you actually hold the accreditation for.
  • If you haven’t done so recently, familiarise yourself with your responsibilities under the RECC code to make sure you are compliant.
  • Click here and sign up to the Domestic RHI e-newsletter to keep up to date with developments in the scheme.


How to help your customer successfully apply to the Domestic RHI

Please note that that this article addresses some common questions. To get a complete understanding of your role in relation to the Domestic RHI you will need to read the Essential Guides.

How important is the information on the MCS certificate?

Ofgem can only process your customer’s Domestic RHI application if the information on the MID (MCS Installation Database) is correct. If, for example, the customer doesn’t need to be metered but the MID says that they do, you will need to amend this before they are able to apply to Ofgem for the Domestic RHI, or their application will be rejected. Therefore please make sure that you provide us with the correct information about your customer’s installation so that Ofgem can process their application as smoothly as possible.

My customer wants to have multiple heating systems, can they apply?

There are a number of circumstances under which you may be able to install multiple products, and apply for these in one DRHI application. These scenarios have been outlined in the ‘Multiple products’ section of Ofgem’s Reference Document.The customer will not be able to make separate applications for two products at the same property, unless one of the products is a solar thermal system. However they may be allowed to make a single application for multiple products if they are the same technology and have been commissioned at the same time.

What is the BSL?

DECC have announced biomass sustainability rules which will be brought in from autumn 2014. These rules mean that scheme participants with a biomass system will need to use fuel from an approved supplier. The Biomass Suppliers List (BSL) is up and running for suppliers so they are advised to follow this link and get themselves registered on the list as soon as possible. Consumers are also recommended to source their fuel from suppliers on this list as early as possible to not to stockpile ineligible fuel.

When are Green Deals needed?

It is a Domestic RHI rule that all applicants have a Green Deal Assessment carried out on their property. If they’ve already got one then they don’t need another, provided that they can supply their Green Deal Advice Report Number. The only people exempt from this are those who build their own homes incorporating an eligible heating system. This is because these houses would be built to recent building regulation standards.  For more information on self-builds see here on Ofgem’s website.

How should biomass systems be sized?

Under the Domestic RHI scheme, all new (i.e. not legacy) biomass boilers or stoves must be installed with sufficient capacity to meet the entire space heating demand at the property. If the installation cannot meet 100% of the space heating requirement then the system will need to be metered.

Can I retrospectively certify an installation?

You may be asked by your customers to retrospectively certify an installation in order for them to be eligible to the Domestic RHI. You are not able to do so for an installation that you didn’t do yourself or was not carried out under the MCS scheme. Customers who’s installation was done by an MCS installer who has since ceased trading, will have to call the MCS helpline to do this.


Metering and the Domestic RHI

  • If you are an MCS certified installer who is responsible for installing meters, your customer will be expecting your help in a number of areas, for example see here. It is important that you know what this will involve so you are strongly recommended to read Ofgem’s Essential Guides which we have signposted you to in the top tips section above. The Essential Guide to Metering has a section for installers and it is important to input the correct information on the MCS certificate so that customer applications to Ofgem display correctly whether the customer needs to be metered or not.  
  • One key role for you will be to fill out the Installer metering questions. There are versions for biomass and heat pumps. Give it to your customer and also the alternative metering arrangements template if required. These are also available in biomass and heat pump versions.
  • As per the MCS Domestic RHI Metering Guidance, all installations must be meter ready. Make sure that you read this guidance as it explains the requirement in detail. For example, these include the space required and defined locations for appropriate meters to be fitted.
  • Ofgem are currently working with industry and awarding organisations to produce a training course on installing meters. This training will not only help you in learning how to adhere to the Domestic RHI requirements and provide the best service to your customers, but it will also enable you to gain Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) qualification and credits. Ofgem are hoping that this training will be available from July so keep an eye open for future updates.

Database Maintenance 11/06/14

MCS would like to inform all installers that the MCS Installation Database (MID) will be unavailable due to maintenance for up to 2 hours on Wednesday 11th June 2014.

Please do not try to access the database during this time.

MCS biomass calculator released

MCS has launched a new calculator to support biomass installers carrying out MCS design calculations.

MCS has launched a new calculator to support biomass installers carrying out MCS design calculations. The calculator provides a method for carrying out the design calculations required by MIS 3004 v4.0 Appendix C. Its use is optional and installers may choose to use their own calculations as long as these comply with the requirements of MIS 3004.

A copy of the calculator is available from the reference materials section of the MCS website or by clicking here.

This initial draft of the calculator is intended as a beta version and MCS welcomes all feedback. We will then collate any feedback and issue periodic updates. If you do have any feedback on the calculator please submit this to mcs@gemserv.com