About the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS)
A strategic alliance between BESCA and NICEIC exists to deliver a combined Microgeneration Certification and Competent Person Scheme for B&ES members engaged in the installation of renewable technologies.
This Scheme is available only to B&ES members and is a cost-effective solution as a single audit can cover the requirements of both the MCS and CPS schemes.
The Environmental Technologies covered by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme are:
- Solar Thermal Hot Water
- Heat Pumps
- Solar Photovoltaic (PV)
- Micro and Small Wind Turbines.
The scheme covers design, installation & testing of environment Technology installation work associated with dwellings
Access to the Feed-in-Tariffs and Renewable Heat Incentive are only available through the Microgeneration Certification Scheme and you can apply for the Microgeneration Certification Scheme through BESCA and NICEIC.
Introduced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change the Feed-in-Tariffs Scheme offers home owners the opportunity to generate their own energy through environmental technologies and to sell any excess energy back into the main grid.
Once consumers have a microgeneration technology installed they should experience a monthly reduction in electricity bills and then receive an income from their Feed-in-Tariff provider.
The incentive for homeowners to install microgeneration technologies is already there, and now businesses can be involved as homeowners and landlords cannot claim Feed-in-Tariff unless the microgeneration installation has been carried out by an MCS registered contractor and had an MCS certified product installed.
Through BESCA and NICEIC you can achieve registration and access this opportunity.
Renewable Heat Incentive
From the Department of Energy and Climate Change the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme was set up to provide financial support for the installation of renewable heat technologies. The scheme, administered by Ofgem E-Serve: Renewable Heat Incentive is expected to launch in summer 2013.
The first phase of the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme was targeted at the non-domestic sectors, and the second phase of the Scheme seeks to expand to include more technologies as well as support for domestic households.
The Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme was set up to encourage the installation of renewable heat technologies among householders, communities and businesses through financial incentives. This Scheme is expected to facilitate 12% of heating across the UK from renewable sources.