Is BEIS data irrelevant now registration with the MCS is not mandatory to claim the FiT?
Chris Hewitt, chief executive of the Solar Trade Association (STA), said that he is concerned that ‘BEIS deployment data has become meaningless.’
The STA claim that their members are telling a different story than the government department Solar Photovoltaics Deployment statistics.
The Solar Power Portal reports that ‘while it is not expected that any great quantity of solar is being installed outside of the MCS envelope, it still indicates the potential for BEIS’ installation figures to undervalue what is happening.
Post FiT and pre-SEG (Smart Export Guarantee) it is not necessary to register installations with the MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme), however, it still stands as a nationally recognised quality assurance scheme.
This may change from January 2020 when the SEG begins as MCS certification (or equivalent) will be a requirement, helping to safeguard high standards in the industry.