MCS Approved Solar Panel Installers
What does MCS approved mean?
MCS stands for the microgeneration certification scheme. On its introduction MCS was the first independent scheme of its kind that graded microgeneration products and installers in accordance with a set of strict qualities. Microgeneration is defined as the renewable energy produced by individuals or small businesses.This includes solar panel energy. Therefore, MCS approved solar panels installers are companies who have met the criteria of the MCS scheme and use approved products.
Why do I need a MCS approved solar panel installer?
The scheme offers reassurance to potential solar panel customers. It gives the piece of mind that installers will use approved materials and that the work carried out will be of a high standard. The solar panel industry is relatively new and, therefore, many of the companies offering solar panel installations are unknown to the general public. The MCS gives them credibility that would be hard to find elsewhere. Companies are tested annually to ensure they are maintaining the required standard of the certificate.
Another major benefit of MCS approved installers is that the government uses the scheme to judge which installations should be eligible for their cashback scheme, known as FITs. This policy offers solar panels users cash for the amount of renewable energy they generate. Indeed, to apply for FITs you need to prove your installer is MCS approved. Installers will obviously strive to achieve MCS approval as the FIT is a major attraction customers looking to purchase solar panels.
Where can I find a MCS approved installer?
A full list of MCS approved installers can be found at http://www.microgenerationcertification.org. You can search the MCS database on the site for approved installers via postcode or company name. Companies wishing to obtain MCS approval can apply to do so on this site and newly approved companies can also register their details there.
Is the MCS the only existing scheme for approved installers?
No, there is another European wide scheme for testing the quality of companies installing solar panels. This is called the Solar Keymark Association. This was designed to offer one certificate to cover the varying requirements of different EU countries. In February 2008 it was estimated that over two thirds of solar panels on the market were Solar Keymark certified. Some companies prefer this scheme as it avoids having to apply for different schemes in various European countries.