MCS appoints BAB as certification body for small-scale renewables 

MCS has announced the appointment of the British Assessment Bureau (BAB) as a certification body for installing small-scale renewables. 

MCS, the Microgeneration Certification Scheme, has teamed up with the British Assessment Bureau (BAB) to boost the installation of small-scale renewables in the UK

This partnership aims to enhance the installation of high-quality renewable systems in homes and businesses across the UK while bolstering consumer confidence in locally generated energy.  

BAB is the third certification body to be appointed by MCS in the past year, marking a significant development after over a decade without any new appointments. 

In June 2023, BAB received accreditation from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to assess contractors’ compliance with MCS standards. This enables both BAB’s existing clients and new industry entrants to obtain certification for installing low-carbon technologies, meeting the industry’s highest standards as established and agreed upon by BAB. 

Award-winning certifications  

BAB has secured accreditation to conduct MCS assessments for solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, battery storage, solar heating, and the design and installation of air source heat pumps (ASHP) and ground source heat pumps (GSHP). 

With a track record of offering award-winning certifications, BAB’s collaboration with MCS complements its existing suite of internationally recognized certifications, further instilling confidence in its clients.  

The company’s extensive expertise in ensuring certification standards aligns well with MCS’s mission to provide consumer confidence and support the UK government’s ambitious decarbonization targets. 

Consumer confidence and meeting government ambitions 

Ian Rippin, CEO of MCS, said: “We are very pleased to announce the new partnership between MCS and BAB as we work together to reach our joint goals of providing consumer confidence and meeting the scale of government decarbonisation ambitions.  

Joining forces with BAB will allow MCS to expand our industry reach, help us champion quality, and grow the number of MCS-certified contractors delivering high-quality installations.” 

Julian Russell, chief product officer of Amtivo, highlighted the alignment between MCS certification and the government’s PAS 2030 standard, emphasising the broader scope it provides to contractors in contributing to the nation’s net-zero target.  

Russell added, “We look forward to working with MCS and building a strong relationship to help expand the industry with contractors who can deliver high-quality work. It is such an exciting time to be part of this growing industry.”