Barker unveils latest PV installation guide

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Climate change minister Greg Barker has launched the third edition of the MCS’s guide to installing PV systems.

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Following the guide is a requirement under the MCS scheme to qualify for Feed-in Tariff payments. A three month transitionary period will now begin until adhering to the updated version becomes compulsory.

MIS 3002 issue 3.0 was launched by Greg Barker as the minister opened the Solar Power UK’s series of roadshows – Restarting the market – at Sandown Park Racecourse, Surrey.

The MCS will be making presentations covering the updates at the roadshows which visit Aintree and Thirsk racecourses, Swansea’s Liberty Stadium, Leicester Racecourse and Exeter throughout the rest of the month.

Key areas of MIS 3002 to change include:

-The system performance estimation methodology which now takes into account shading and the use of look up tables
-Installation and site work updates to cover wind uplift calculations, a simplified calculation method with worked examples and guidance on calculating system fixing requirements
-Design/technical updates

“I am delighted to announce that we are publishing today a new MCS Guide to Solar PV Installation,” said Mr Barker. 

“This should become the “go-to” guide for PV system installers. Its widespread use will improve the reliability of installations, increase customer confidence in PV and help us all benefit from quality focussed engineering solutions. I pay tribute to those who have worked on this guide over the last few months.”

The new PV can be downloaded for free from the MCS website by clicking here.