When it comes to home improvements and renovations, choosing the right contractor is paramount. For homeowners looking to have renewable technologies such as Solar PV or Battery Storage Systems installed, selecting a contractor who is certified by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) offers numerous advantages.
What is MCS Certification?
The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) is a UK-based certification standard for renewable energy and low-carbon technology installers. MCS certification verifies that contractors have the necessary skills and expertise to install and maintain microgeneration technologies, including solar panels, wind turbines, heat pumps, and biomass systems.
Here are some of the reasons homeowners should prioritize MCS certified contractors for their projects:
Expertise in Renewable Energy Technologies
MCS certified contractors have undergone rigorous training and assessment in renewable energy systems. They possess the knowledge and skills necessary to design, install, and maintain a wide range of renewable energy solutions. This expertise ensures that your project is carried out efficiently and effectively, meeting the highest industry standards.
Compliance with Quality Standards
MCS certification signifies adherence to stringent quality and performance standards. When you hire an MCS certified contractor, you can trust that your renewable energy system will meet or exceed these standards, providing optimal energy efficiency and reliability.
MCS certified contractors are required to be members of a consumer code. We at Electrical and Test are members of the Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC).
RECC contractors adhere to a set of industry-specific standards and guidelines that are designed to protect consumers. This includes transparency in contracts, fair pricing, and clear information about the products and services offered. There is a strict code of conduct, which includes providing accurate information, offering fair contracts, and resolving disputes fairly and promptly.
Access to Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) payments
Following the closure of the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme to new applicants in March 2019, the government recognised the need to pay small-scale renewable energy generators for the electricity they export to the grid. Consequently, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) introduced the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG). Without an MCS certificated installation you will have trouble getting SEG payments.
Peace of Mind
Homeowners can have peace of mind knowing that MCS certified contractors are subject to regular assessments and inspections to maintain their certification. This commitment to ongoing quality assurance ensures that your project is in capable hands.
All deposits are caped at 25% of contract value and independently insured.
All installations are guaranteed not only by the manufacturer of the equipment installed but also by a workmanship guarantee of at least 2 years which is backed by an insurance policy that you will hold.
Enhanced Home Value
Investing in renewable energy systems not only reduces your energy bills but also enhances the value of your home. When potential buyers see that your home’s renewable energy systems were installed by MCS certified contractors, it adds credibility and attractiveness to your property.
Contribution to a Sustainable Future
By choosing MCS certified contractors, homeowners are actively participating in the transition to a more sustainable and eco-friendly energy landscape. Renewable energy systems reduce carbon emissions and dependence on fossil fuels, making a positive impact on the environment.
Darren Briddock of Electrical and Test Limited attained the coveted and hard to achieve MCS certification in Spring 2023.