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The Green Homes Grant: what installers need to know

It has been just over three months since the government’s Green Homes Grant was rolled out for consumers and installers alike, yet the scheme has already been beset by teething problems. The most pressing issue is that of installer uptake and availability. Under its terms, installers must be Trustmark, PAS or MCS certified to carry […]

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GTEC & MCS win bid to support Green Homes Grant installers

Building services training provider, GTEC, in partnership with the MCS, has won an almost £1M bid to help existing trades people access discounted training in heat pumps and solar thermal, in order to meet the demand presented by the Green Homes Grant (GHG) – the government’s scheme to improve the energy efficiency of UK housing […]

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New insurance offer to support MCS certified contractors is now live

MCS has launched a new partnership with the Independent Warranty Association (IWA) that is set to ease access to insurance backed guarantees (IBG) for MCS certified contractors and their consumers. The collaboration with IWA, which has been providing IBGs since 1985, enables contractors to raise an IBG for their consumer at the point of raising […]

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Implications of lockdown restrictions for installers

Following the Government announcement of national restrictions to commence on the 5th November, MCS took to social media to highlight that tradespeople are allowed to continue working and access customers’ homes, if the customer is in agreement and the guidance on distancing is followed. The Government guidelines clearly outline that those who can should stay […]

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MCS calls for improvements to Green Homes Grant

Following the launch of the government’s Green Homes Grant on 30th September, Ian Rippin, CEO of MCS, calls for improvements to be made for the long-term benefit of installers and consumers alike and highlights the challenges presented by the scheme; “Since the launch of the Green Homes Grant, we have been fielding calls on a […]

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MCS support certified contractors with new insurance offer

MCS has announced a new partnership that eases access to insurance backed guarantees (IBG) for MCS certified contractors and their consumers. MCS have collaborated with the Independent Warranty Association (IWA) and undertaken system development to enable contractors to raise an IBG for their consumer at the point of raising the MCS certificate for an installation. […]

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Renewables installers call for extension to the Green Homes Grant

A survey conducted by MCS has revealed that almost half of their certified contractors believe that the Green Homes Grant should be extended to 18 months or more. The company asked over 800 of its members for their views on the government’s latest consumer incentive which was set-up to encourage the uptake of low-carbon renewable […]

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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 […]

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MCS quality assurance at heart of Green Homes Grants

The latest government update opening the new Green Homes Grant scheme up to domestic renewable technology installations including Heat Pumps and Solar Thermal, places MCS certified contractors at its core to ensure quality. The new £2 billion Green Homes Grant scheme, announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak on 8 July, will primarily support households to increase the energy efficiency […]

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Domestic renewable installations more than double

The early signs of recovery witnessed in the UK’s domestic renewable energy installation market has positively continued into June as the country continues to emerge from lockdown. Last month MCS, the national certification scheme for renewable technology reported early signs of recovery witnessed throughout May. Their early indications showed encouraging signs, with the average number […]

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