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The New Smart Export Guarantee & MCS Certification

MCS Certification After the End of the FiT

In the week the government announced that Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) payments will be back dated to any PV systems installed from April 1st, there have been discussions on the importance of MCS Certification after the end of the FiT on March 31st.

Conclusion, it’s as important now as it has ever been. One of the main reasons being that in order for PV systems to qualify for the SEG, installers must be MCS certified.

In a recent Solar Trade Association press release Ian Rippin, Chief Executive of MCS, said:
“MCS demonstrates the quality of products and competence of installers with a clear set of standards. Going forward, The Council of Mortgage Lenders has advised that, as a minimum to avoid the risk of a property being ineligible for a mortgage, both new and existing Solar PV installations must be MCS certified .”

To reiterate the point he commented on a LinkedIn post, “MCS will be a pre-requisite for accessing the government’s recently announced Smart Export Guarantee. Only households with an MCS certificate will be eligible for SEG”.