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Microgeneration Certification Scheme Launched

ELECSA has launched a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) for contractors installing renewable technologies in domestic properties. ELECSA already runs a successful Part P registration scheme for electrical contractors, and is now extending their straightforward approach to certification for renewables.

The primary aim of the MCS is to provide consumers with confidence and protection, by guaranteeing that microgeneration products and installers who carry the mark meet robust quality standards. The scheme is backed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), and is designed to ensure quality and reliability in the fast growing microgeneration industry. The government also hopes that encouraging the use of renewables will cut down the UK’s dependency on fossil fuels, and reduce carbon emissions.

Certification Director for ELECSA, Chris Beedel, said “MCS accreditation will make it easy to identify good quality microgeneration products and services in a rapidly growing market. It will also provide consumers with confidence and assurance when purchasing these technologies.”

Through the government’s Low Carbon Buildings Scheme, the MCS also gives consumers access to grants up to £2,500 towards the cost of installing a certified product by a certified installer. To date, MCS standards include solar heating collectors, solar photovoltaics, micro wind, heat pumps and biomass. Work is underway to finalise standards for hydro turbines, combined heat and power and fuel cell products.

The MCS has replaced the Clear Skies List, which was the original list of registered microgeneration products and installers that could be used when applying for microgeneration grant funding.

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