MCS (the Microgeneration Certification Scheme) has surpassed 4,000 MCS certified contractors. The growth in the number of certified companies installing low-carbon technology highlights the growth in consumer confidence in home-grown energy across the UK and reflects the growing demand for MCS certified contractors across the nation.
In October, MCS certified its 4,000th contractor, as the number of homeowners looking for certified installers to retrofit their homes with solar panels, heat pumps and other renewable technologies continued to grow. MCS certification is a mark of quality providing assurance to consumers. Being MCS certified demonstrates that a contractor installs renewable energy and heating systems to industry-expected levels of quality every time.
2023 has been a record-breaking year for MCS so far as the scheme has seen over 1,700 new contractors becoming certified in the last 11 months, a 70% growth in the contractor base since the end of 2022. In fact, more contractors have joined the scheme in 2023 so far than in the previous six years of the scheme combined.
At the end of 2022, MCS had fewer than 2,000 solar PV contractors – today, it has over 3,200. This growth mirrors the rapid rise in certified solar PV installations across the UK and the growing demand amongst homeowners to generate their own home-grown electricity, reducing energy bills, claiming energy independence, and decreasing their carbon footprint.
The scheme has also recorded over 200,000 certified installations of small-scale technologies in 2023. It’s been a notable year for heat pumps, with over 34,000 certified heat pump installations – more than any other year end figure in scheme history.
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