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Scottish quality scheme
Scots planning to install green energy technology in their home or office can now make sure they choose a properly qualified local installer, thanks to a new body launched this week by Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing.

The new certification body, which will be responsible for administering the quality assurance scheme for installers of microgeneration technology, was formally launched at an event hosted by the Construction Licensing Executive (CLE) at the Scottish Parliament.

As an increasing number of households and businesses install microgeneration technologies to save money and ‘go green’, the new scheme is designed to give consumers peace of mind that the job will be done properly.

Focusing especially on Scottish electrical, heating and plumbing companies, CLE has been funded by the Scottish Government to deliver the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) for Installers. The scheme is designed to enable installation companies to demonstrate to customers their competence to install green energy products including micro wind turbines, biofuel systems and heat pumps. Companies certified under the scheme must demonstrate they have the quality systems and technical competence to install microgeneration technologies to a consistently high standard.

Crucially, any household or business looking to take advantage of clean energy cashback schemes such as feed-in tariffs or the recently announced renewable heat incentive will have to make sure the microgeneration products and installers they use are approved to the new MCS standard in order to qualify.

The Scottish Government sees the installation of micro-renewables as a key component for meeting the legally binding target to reduce Scotland’s carbon emissions by 42% from 1990 levels by 2020. Wider use of the technology will also have a significant role to play in meeting the Scottish Government’s separate target that 100% of Scotland’s electricity needs should be met by renewable sources by 2020.

Picture: CLE Chief Executive Linda McPhillie is presented with the certificate from the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS), certifying the Construction Licensing Executive as an authorised body to carry out accreditation of installers under the microrenewables certification scheme (MCS).