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MCS Fee Increase and Government Consultation on the Closure of the Feed-In Tariffs (FiT) Scheme

MCSSCo would like to update you on two developments with key dates to be aware of next month.

MCS fee increase to go ahead in September

The change in the Per Installation Registration fee postponed last year will now take effect from 3rd September 2018 when the fee will increase from £15 to £30.

This follows an update on 21st September 2017 regarding the decision to postpone the installation fee increase, and a subsequent vote by the MCS Steering Group in December 2017 which supported this increase.

The fee increase is necessary to deliver a balanced budget which considers the need for investment in the scheme, any financial fluctuations and the strategic direction of MCSSCo post-novation.

On 3rd September 2018, the MCS Installation Database (MID) will be down from 09:30 to 13:30 for implementation of the fee increase.  All users will be notified once this has been completed. Please do not attempt to log in to the MID until you have been informed that the implementation is complete.

This reformed fee will be added to any credit purchased from 3rd September 2018. We advise that MCS Contractors adjust their contracts with consumers to reflect the change in price.

The previously announced decrease in the annual Installer Registration fee (now £55/annum) remains unchanged.

Government Consultation on the Closure of the Feed-In Tariffs Scheme – Your views wanted

The government released the Consultation on the Closure of the Feed-In Tariffs (FiT) Scheme on 19th July  with a deadline for responses of 13th September 2018.

The Solar Trade Association (STA) is seeking information from solar installers on the potential impact of the closure of the FiTs on their businesses which will be crucial to the future growth of solar power in the UK, particularly the rooftop market.

The consultation proposes to close the FiT generation and export tariff for all new installations from the end of March 2019. The STA will be recommending that the export tariff should be retained and that MCS certification should be required for all installations in future. A summary of its initial response can be found here.

The STA is seeking views from installers on the potential impact of maintaining the export tariff on installation figures and employment within their companies, compared to ending the export tariff, alongside other factors which might affect sales. The government’s impact assessment does not detail how retaining the export tariff would impact the market and therefore views on the average costs of installations would also be very useful.

Any feedback or further thoughts on the government’s specific questions within the paper, or on the proposal as a whole, is vital and hugely appreciated. Please send this to STA Policy Analyst, Gemma Stanley at: gstanley@solar-trade.org.uk.