With the renewable energy sector becoming such a prominent industry as we work to protect our environment and reduce the threat of climate change, it’s no wonder that so many companies are looking to get in on the action. But how can you be sure that you’re working with a trusted and reputable installer, and what accreditations should you look out for when beginning your search?
Why is this important?
If your renewable energy system is not installed by a certified company, then there is a good chance that you won’t receive the full benefits available to you. You cannot guarantee that the system has been installed properly, meaning that your home could be subject to damage, or you may need to pay extra to undergo repairs to get it up and running. If the system is not certified, you may not reap the full energy saving benefits that an approved and accredited system would normally provide. You will also be ineligible to receive any additional financial rewards through schemes such as the Feed-in Tariff (FIT), and the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (RHI).
Know your certification boards.
MCS, or Microgeneration Certification Scheme, is the most important accreditation that a reputable renewable energy installer would have. MCS is a quality assurance scheme that is recognised on a national level, which looks to certify microgeneration technology that uses renewable sources to produce heat and electricity. This scheme maintains strict installer and system standards for the renewable energy sector that comply with the currently established European and International standards. Installers must undergo regular assessments to prove regulatory compliance throughout the manufacture and installation of renewable energy systems, as well as any relevant administration, policies, and procedures that the company maintains.
If your renewable energy installer cannot present proof of MCS accreditation for themselves and the products they provide, then it is likely that they do not meet the necessary standards this certification scheme requires.
NAPIT is another one of our countries leading Government approved UKAS accredited membership schemes. This scheme operates primarily in the building services and fabric sector, with a focus on improving and maintaining government standards and safety within the building sector. NAPIT members are subject to annual assessments based on performance, quality of installations, and project design and specification.
The Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC) was established by the Renewable Energy Association seeking to ensure that all consumers looking to install a small-scale renewable energy system at home have a high-quality experience. If the renewable energy installer of your choice can prove that they are accredited by the RECC, then it means that they uphold the criteria outlined through the code. This is back by the Trading Standards Institute.
The Energy Saving Trust suggests that a reputable renewable energy installer should be able to do the following 5 things in addition to providing proof of MCS accreditation:
– Explain why and how they have decided on the chosen system sized based on your needs as the consumer.
– Provide clear operating instructions and general information about the system.
– Advise how best to keep the system maintained.
– Provide an estimate of how much heat and electricity your chosen system will generate.
– Provide an additional assessment of your energy savings after your system has been installed.
Swift Mechanical is a highly accredited installer of renewable energy sources. We are recognised by MCS, RECC, NAPIT, and a number of additional accreditation schemes focused on regulations and safety standards surrounding the handling of specific systems and materials. You can rest assured that our systems are of the highest quality, and fully compliant with the necessary requirements that will ensure you can reap the full benefits of a renewable energy system.
Contact the team today on 01275 341111 for more information about the products and services we provide.