MCS launches new Solar PV Standard as domestic installations remain buoyant  

National certification scheme MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) has published a new update of their Solar PV Standard. The timely new standard comes as strong signs of recovery can be seen after a turbulent 18-months for Solar PV installers.

The publication coincides with MCS reporting encouraging volumes of Solar PV installations despite the government closing the Feed in Tariff (FiT) incentive in March 2019. Most industry commentators predicted the demise of Solar PV without incentive support, but latest scheme statistics show that overall month to month installations are up. A comparison of July and August 2019 compared to the same period in 2020 highlights a 5% increase in installation numbers this year.

Ian Rippin, CEO of MCS said;
“Generally, it has been a turbulent time for the Solar PV market with not only the closure of the FiT but then also our contractors being hit with difficult trading conditions as a result of the pandemic and lockdown. Reflecting on our statistics, there are obvious anomalies such as an artificial spike and collapse post FiT and reductions during lockdown but, where we are currently paints a really positive picture.”

Despite expectations, Solar PV installations have remained strong – with figures exceeding those prior to the Feed in Tariff rush and pre-lockdown.

The new robust Solar PV Standard (MIS3002) provides a helpful toolkit for contractors in a post-FiT world, ensuring consumer protection and driving best practice. The update outlines the installation requirements for MCS certified contractors who supply, design, and install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. It also adopts the IET Code of Practice for solar photovoltaic systems and withdraws the MCS PV Guide.

Chair of the MCS Solar PV Working Group, KT Tan commented;
“The launch of the update to MIS3002 and MGD005 keeps the scheme at the forefront of standards, by referencing the current best practice. The update considers the pertinent safety recommendations from PV fire research, incorporated the pioneering MCS energy storage scheme, and been extended to flat roof installations.”

He added; “We would like to thank the great input from the members of the industry led Working Group and the valuable feedback from public consultation. This update will make the standard a relevant reference for the industry – where Solar PV will continue to play a pivotal role in the low carbon economy.”

View the new Solar PV Standard here.