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Monthly Archives: December 2013

  • MCS introduce new criteria ready for Domestic RHI

    As the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is launched in spring 2014, The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) is preparing by implementing new technology and competency criteria.

    Aimed to help UK installers make the most of the RHI, the new initiative means that installer standards for fitting renewable heat technologies (Solar Thermal, Biomass and heat pumps) have been modified.

    Not only that but the introduction of compliance certificates to be used as a checklist for installation companies will ensure relevant installation against Microgeneration Installation Standards (MIS) is carried out. Launching on 16 March 2014 and applying to all new certifications from then on, the criteria will act to link a company’s certification with operator competence.

    With the hope that installers find it easier to become certified and find which areas to up-skill and re-skill, the MCS will also support installers with a free online ‘Competency Checker’. This tool will identify the criteria that are already complete and highlight areas that need to be re-covered, giving advice as to what evidence is needed in a MCS certification evaluation too.

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  • Supermarket chain goes orange for greener energy

    A chain of well known British supermarket stores, Sainsbury’s, has had Solar PV fitted in a petrol station canopy.

    The Leicester store had PV fitted in the whole of its roof, utilising translucent solar glass for maximum absorption. Finished in the trademark orange branding, the canopy not only provides a natural light source to the court, but is expected to provide about 25% of the petrol stations energy for consumption.

    Having properties to absorb light from both sides, the canopy’s glass is ideal for flat installation, which means it can transform energy even in low light and shading.
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  • £1m Solar Research project launched by Loughborough University

    Academics at the University of Loughborough have launched a research project to assess the costs and benefits of Solar Energy in the UK.

    Set up to investigate the way Solar PV generation varies across regions in the UK, the research has been named the ‘PV2025’project and will also look at how environmental conditions can affect output optimisation.

    Lasting for 3 years, PV2025 is using an aerial mapping company called Bluesky to help map out certain aspects of the research and will be funded by research support agency, EPSRC. The project will ultimately help determine the possible infrastructure required for solar-generated electricity on the grid.
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