MEMBERS OF THE SOLAR Trade Association (STA) are to receive credits from the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) as part of a partnership agreed by the two organisations.
All new members of the STA will receive 10 MCS credits worth £30 each, while existing members will be able to claim five free credits each year.
Small solar installation businesses who are accredited members of MCS and a registered consumer code will be entitled to a discount of £100 off their STA membership, a 25% reduction for the smallest companies.
STA Chief Executive Chris Hewett said: “The last couple of years have been tricky to navigate for the industry, particularly for smaller installers. The STA has always championed high quality installations standards, strong consumer protection and the enforcement of this good practice.
“By requiring certification, the Feed-in-Tariff scheme encouraged installers to adhere to these standards.
“We want to use this new partnership to maintain support for standards whilst trimming costs for those companies who have been subjected to the wild ups and downs of Britain’s solar coaster and who provide consistent levels of service to consumers. We are offering a helping hand to the small businesses that form an integral part of the industry.”
More than a fifth of the solar power generated in the UK comes from micro-scale rooftop installations, which are predicted to reach over 1 million in number in 2020.
MCS provides certification for products and installations to the vast majority of installers of renewable energy systems in UK homes and small businesses, and covers a range of products including battery storage, wind turbines, solar panels and pitched roof mounting kits as well as a number of heat pumps.
MCS Chief Executive Ian Rippin said: “MCS as an organisation supporting the sector, sees its role as providing confidence in home-grown energy.
“We recognise the important role that the STA plays in our industry and are delighted to further strengthen our relationship with them, as we work together to ensure that solar installers are supported as they continue to navigate an uncertain, changing policy and subsidy landscape.”