Competence scheme for renewables technologies

Elecsa has launched a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) for contractors installing renewable technologies in domestic properties. The scheme will complement Elecsa’s existing Part P registration scheme for electrical contractors.

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 quality standards. The scheme is backed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

CertificationdDirector 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 £2500 towards the cost of installing a certified product by a certified installer. To date, MCS standards exist for solar heating collectors, solar photovoltaics, microwind, 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.