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Deadline looms for MCS renewable heat installations


If you’re the owner of a renewable heating system and you haven’t registered your product with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) then time is a ticking, because the 22 October deadline is exactly four weeks away. 

The domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme is due to be launched next Spring, and in preparations for its long overdue arrival the Department of Energy and Climate Change has announced a deadline for adopters of green heating technologies to make sure their systems are registered on the MCS installation database.

Installations which have been carried out from 15 July 2009 and onwards won’t be eligible for RHI payments if the systems don’t appear on the database.

If you want to benefit from the RHI and you have an eligible green heating system the installation has to be MCS registered and the installer also has to be MCS accredited. Qualifying technologies include solar hot water heating, biomass boilers, air source heat pumps (air-to-water) and ground source heat pumps.

Registrations are being taken up until 4pm on Tuesday 22 October 2013; once the deadline has passed you won’t be able to register, meaning you’ll miss out on the RHI when it goes live in Spring 2014.

Your MCS installer certificate is key to making an RHI application. Each certificate carries a unique installation number. Every renewable heat installation carried out since 15 July 2009 should receive an MCS installer certificate. If you don’t have a copy, contact your installer and request one as soon as you can.

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