Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS)

It’s crucial that you use an MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) certified installer if you want to take advantage of the financial returns on solar panels. If you do not use an MCS-registered electrician to install your solar panels, you will not earn money from the government’s Feed-in Tariff. Discover much more about MCS installers right here.

An MCS installer is regulated

MCS installers are regulated by the Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC), which means that you’ll be protected if anything goes wrong with your installation. Also, it means that your installer knows their stuff when it comes to solar panels.

The RECC sets the standards when it comes to solar panels and other renewable technologies. These standards cover:

  • advertising and marketing
  • pre-contractural information
  • quotations
  • deposits
  • contracts
  • guarantees
  • after-sales service

Most consumer rights are included in the RECC requirements. That means that you can turn to MCS and the RECC if anything goes wrong.

HIES also regulates MCS.

You will get insurance and a guarantee

An MCS installer can offer you the Deposit and Workmanship Warranty Insurance Scheme. That indicates that the scheme protects your deposit and you will get a warranty when the installer finishes the job.

The warranty will last for two, five or ten years, depending on the organisation and installation.

You will not get the Feed-in Tariff without an MCS installer

To be eligible for the Feed-in Tariff scheme (FITs), you need to have your solar panels installed by an MCS-registered installer. If you don’t, all you’ll get is the savings on your electricity bills. But even those figures might be reduced as they may not be installed correctly.

The Feed-in Tariff is set at 4.11p per kWh of electricity that you produce, plus 4.91p/kWh for every unit that you export back to the grid. If you live in the south east and get a 4kWp system, you could earn £4,160 over 20 years. That’s not including your electricity bill savings!

There is no guarantee that your solar system is installed properly without using an MCS installer. And with the rewards of the Feed-in Tariff, it makes monetary sense to use an MCS-registered installer.

So now you can see the advantages of utilising an MCS installer for your solar panel program. To find out more about the Microgeneration Certification Scheme, check out their website.

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