MCS Stands for the Microgeneration Certification Scheme.
It covers all forms of renewable heat generation - solar PV, solar thermal, biomass and heat pumps.
MCS covers heat pumps up to 45kW output.
It exists to define and uphold standards of manufacture, installation and workmanship across the industry.
In order to claim RHI on a project, the installer must be MCS Accredited for Ground Source Heat Pumps. The product must also be MCS Accredited. Finally, the installation itself must be MCS Accredited.
All Kensa's products (with the exception of some 3-phase models) are MCS Accredited.
If you (or your installer) are not MCS Accredited, don't worry - Kensa is one of very few organisations that can cover this on their behalf, provided they will provide us with the required evidence.
This means that Kensa can arrange for you to receive an MCS Certificate for your project - it's this certificate that is the key to claiming RHI payments.
What's MIS 3005?
MIS stands for MCS Installer Standards. 3005 is just the issue number.
These are the standards that all MCS Accredited installers have to abide by.
They tell us how to quote, how to size, and how to install heat pumps. The standards exist to ensure consistency and quality.
If we are covering an installation under our MCS Umbrella Scheme, we have to be satisfied that the installation complies with everything laid out in MIS 3005.
This is why we ask for evidence in the form of photographs and calculations, and signed documents from installers to assure us that all guidelines are adhered to.
MCS heat pump calculator (useful tool for doing heat losses) - can be found at the above link, under "heat Pump Reference Materials"
If we (or any other installer) don't stick to MCS rules, or MIS 3005 guidelines, we can be penalised. At the worst, our MCS Accreditation could be removed which would be exceptionally bad for business!
The rules are there to make sure that customers are given correct, clear information. No one wants to see the industry suffer damage to its reputation as a result of customers being misinformed.
Another part of MCS is to make sure that no one manufacturer or installer has an advantage over any other by not offering accurate information, or by not telling the truth about a product or service.
Everything can appear very tightly controlled but there are good reasons for it!