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Scheme goes ahead despite opposition

The renewables industry has expressed concern that the UK Microgeneration Certification Scheme (UKMCS) is set to go ahead even though it lacks sector support. The UKMCS is the third-party certification scheme for microgeneration products and installers, developed and operated by BRE Certification (BREC). It replaces the Clear Skies and Photovoltaic programmes. However, at a recent Steering Group meeting a number of organisations said they could not support the scheme in its current form. The main area of contention is registration fees. BREC is charging installers and product manufacturers £1,800 and £3,600 respectively. Under the Clear Skies and Photovoltaic programmes registration was free. Neil Schofield, head of sustainable development at Worcester, Bosch Group, said: “There is a lot of opposition to this and yet at the Steering Group meeting it got approved even though there were five people who were against it. This thing is going ahead despite industry opposition to it. “Once again the BRE has fallen short with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme, announced at its recent steering group. This ruling will only serve to keep the installation of renewable heating technologies a cottage industry. “At a point when we need to be doing everything we can to encourage customers and installers to fit microgeneration technology, the powers that be put the shackles on and slows down the whole process.”