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Wicks welcomes MCS accreditation

Energy minister Malcolm Wicks has welcomed news that the Microgeneration Certification Scheme’s - operated by BRE Global - has been accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

The scheme was established by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) to provide certification for heat pumps, solar heating collectors, micro wind turbines and non-roof integrated photo voltaic products after they have been assessed for reliability and quality. The scheme also provides certification for installers.

Malcolm Wicks, Minister for Energy, said: “We are pleased that BERR’s industry-led scheme now has an operator who is UKAS accredited.

'By improving reliability and offering consumer protection, we expect the scheme to play a key part in driving up quality and creating a sustainable market for microgeneration products and installers in the UK.”

Richard Phillips, scheme manager at BRE Global, said:  “The industry can’t afford to use products and services that have not been vetted to the highest standards and this accreditation shows our continuing commitment to maintaining high levels of service quality. 

'This accreditation is a testament to the hard work of all involved and we will continue to strive for these high levels of best practice”.

Bre Global expects to extend the scheme to cover roof integrated solar photo voltaics, inverters, biomass, hydro turbines, combined heat and power and fuel cell products once standards have been completed later this year.