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MCS deadline for registering legacy renewable heat systems – an update

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Tomorrow is the deadline by which people who have installed a renewable heating system since 15 July 2009 must ensure that it is registered with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) if they want to receive the renewable heat incentive.

Yet, a quick check this morning reveals that MCS still hasn’t published the promised guidance for getting a system certified if your original installer has gone out of business. Conversations last week with MCS and DECC indicate that the deadline will be extended for those in this category. 

Here is what a spokesman for the Department of Energy and Climate Change said:

“We’ve seen some of the comments on your blog about the October 22 deadline for MCS registrations and appreciate the concern this may have raised with some domestic owners of renewable heat systems. It’s quite a complicated situation but perhaps we can explain the background.

“The MCS scheme was launched in April 2009 to set standards for the installation of microgeneration systems in the UK. There are two parts to MCS certification – the installation and product schemes. When MCS was launched there were very few products on the MCS approved list, as manufacturers needed time to carry out the required testing. During a transition period MCS allowed certain products to be included on the MCS product register that had been certified under the previous Clear Skies scheme. Installations still had to be carried out by an MCS installer and the product had to be specifically registered as a “transition product” by MCS. This transition period ended in December 2010 since which date all installers and products have needed to be MCS certified.

“The RHI was announced in July 2009 and it’s always been DECC’s intention to allow MCS renewable heat installations from that date to be eligible for the domestic RHI. Since the introduction of the MCS installations database in August 2010 it has been a requirement that installations be registered on the database within 10 days of commissioning. The data from MCS suggests that some installers have been taking considerably longer than this to register installations. With the advent of the domestic RHI, MCS has decided to enforce the 10 day rule to protect consumers. All MCS installers were informed of this change in July and of the October 22 cut-off date, which is to allow them time to register any outstanding installations. MCS will be providing details shortly on what consumers need to do to register MCS installations that were previously not registered on the MCS database.  We can assure you that DECC wants those consumers who are eligible for RHI to get access to the incentive. Registering all the existing MCS installations may take time but it should be completed for the launch of the domestic RHI in spring next year.”


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