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MCS Scheme Update – New Version of the MGD 001 Guidance Document

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).

This update clarifies the contractual requirements for MCS Contractor companies installing domestic installations funded by a Third Party.

  • An installation may be carried out on a domestic property but be funded directly by a Third Party. A Third Party could be: an Ofgem Registered Investor under the DRHI Assignment of Rights regulations; a Licensed Energy Supplier subject to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO); or a finance provider providing a pay-as-you-save arrangement such as the Green Deal.
  • In such cases clause 4.8 must still be satisfied.
  • In such cases the MCS Contractor must issue a zero/nominal value contract to the consumer setting out the MCS Contractor’s responsibility for commissioning the system and registering it on the MCS Installer Database and confirming that the installation will be fully compliant with the relevant MCS Product and Installer Standards.
  • In such cases there will be a separate commercial contract between the Third Party (as the funder) and the MCS Contractor (as the installer) setting out each party’s responsibilities in respect of the installation and confirming that the installation will be fully compliant with the relevant MCS Product and Installer Standards.

A set of FAQs have been published on the MCS website to provide further information on the Assignment of Rights here.

Issue 1.2 of MGD 001 can be found on the MCS website here.