04 Mar 2009 05:03:10
Microgeneration certification scheme 'helping renewables sector'
A scheme that certifies microgeneration products and installers is helping the renewable industry progress, according to the 200th company to be approved.
Heat pump installer ICS Renewable Energy was the microgeneration installer to notch up the milestone in the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) developed by BRE Global.
Gary Broadbent, managing director of ICS, said: "It is clear that the MCS is moving the renewable energy industry forward and we are pleased to have achieved accreditation in a relatively short space of time."
The scheme, owned by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) was originally awarded to BRE Global to develop in November 2008, after which it was handed over to Gemserv to administer.
David Gall, MCS scheme manager at BRE Global said: "We were the first certification body to be accredited by UKAS and are the only organisation to provide the complete range of certification for all microgeneration technologies, covering both installers and products. Installers benefit both from their MCS approved status and from the improvements they make to their businesses as a result of our assessments."
Under the terms of the energy bill, electricity microgeneration devices will be able to earn their owner's above market rates for electricity sold back to the grid through feed-in tariffs.
At the same time, DECC is developing a renewable heat incentive which will apply from domestic through to industrial heat production.http://www.breeam.org/newsdetails.jsp?id=537