MCS is the Microgeneration Certification Scheme. It is a way of guaranteeing that microgeneration products bearing the mark, and the installation companies fitting them, meet robust standards. It was set up to help companies demonstrate to customers in a potentially bewildering market that they can be trusted to do a decent job. At the moment, for micro-scale (sub-50kW) electricity generators, the only way to access Feed-in Tariffs (FiTs) is for the job to have been carried out by an MCS-certificated installation company. The same model will be followed when the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is launched to consumers, with the likes of solar thermal and heat pump installs sized below 45 kW eligible if the job is done by an MCS approved company. Installer certification entails assessing the supply, design, installation, set-to-work and commissioning of renewable microgeneration technologies.
The MCS website provides further information relating to installer and product certification, the associated consumer benefits, an up-to-date listing of Installation companies and products as well as general information about the scheme. Please visit the MCS website at www.microgenerationcertification.org.