The MCS scheme aims to provide homeowners with superb solar panel installers, who’ll do an excellent join with your installation. To be MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) registered, solar panel installers have to comply with certain criteria.
And this stringent scheme has now been updated to ensure only the very best are approved. MCS systems include solar photovoltaics, solar thermal panels, heat pumps and biomass boilers.
All of these provide free energy using natural sources and ensure you reduce your annual energy bills.
Using an MCS accredited installer for your solar panels will ensure:
- Your system is installed correctly, and in an optimum position to receive as much sunlight as possible
- Your solar PV system will be eligible to receive the feed-in tariff, a Government run scheme that pays out for every unit of renewable electricity produced
The MCS group have altered their requirements to ensure the scheme is clearer to both companies and customers and this will be published in May.
SummitSkills have been calling for changes for some time, so potential solar panel installers have to prove their staff have the right skills. By doing this it’ll ensure that all microgeneration systems are installed correctly, to receive the maximum benefits.
Chief executive of SummitSkills, Keith Marshall, said: “There is clearly great potential for businesses getting into the growing market for microgeneration technologies. This is why we are pleased that the May consultation reflects our concern that companies should be required to prove they have a competent workforce before they can be MCS-certified.
“Skilled operatives in our sector are already familiar with proving their skills and knowledge are up to scratch for their own industry-specific competent person schemes (CPS), which help to maintain the standard of work. SummitSkills has been working with the MCS on behalf of employers to help identify how these existing schemes’ competence requirements for individual workers can be used to minimise the administrative burden on companies, without compromising the quality of workmanship.”
Under the new regulations, MCS will highlight different training and assessment courses to ensure solar panel installers meet a certain level of standard. There will also be the possibility for those without necessary qualifications, but specialist experience to be registered with MCS.
From August, all new members will have to have undergone one of the training schemes to ensure they’re able to carry out an excellent job. Also, from August, 2013, existing solar panel installers will also have to prove these credentials.
By completing our quick quote form you’ll ensure the company that installs your solar panel system is MCS accredited. You’ll receive quotes from up to four solar panel installers, so you can compare prices and choose the right company.
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