Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS)

If you’re looking to install one of the following technologies and receive FIT payments, then you will need to follow the MCS-FIT accreditation route:

  • Solar PV installations with a Declared Net Capacity (DNC) of 50kW or less
  • Wind installations with a DNC of 50kW or less
  • All micro-CHP installations.

These technologies require Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) certification or equivalent to be eligible for the FIT scheme. MCS certifies microgeneration technologies including the above, used to produce electricity and heat from renewable sources.

This means that these installations must be commissioned by an MCS-certified installer using an MCS-certified product or be certified under an equivalent scheme.

Who can apply?

The owner of an eligible MCS-scale installation can apply for accreditation on the FIT scheme through this route. The owner is known as the generator of the installation.

How do I apply?

If you have an MCS-scale installation and want to receive FIT payments, you must apply to a FIT Licensee and submit a completed FIT application. This must be accompanied by the MCS certificate for your installation.

To apply, you’ll need to follow these steps:

  1. Commission your installation. You must use an MCS-certified installer using MCS certified equipment. Your installer will register your installation on the central MCS database and give you an MCS certificate.
  2. Choose a FIT licensee. A full list of FIT licensees is available on our website.
  3. Complete an application form. Contact your chosen FIT licensee to request an application form or complete an application form online. Return the form to your FIT licensee along with your MCS certificate. For solar PV installations, an Energy Performance Certificate must also be provided.
  4. Claim FIT payments. Once your FIT licensee grants the accreditation, they will make the FIT payments to you once a quarter.

Applications are queued for entry into tariff periods by the date and time the installation’s first valid MCS certificate is issued. For deployment statistics and information on which deployment caps have been reached, please see our Feed-in Tariffs deployment caps reports page.

Need help?

If you’d like an estimate for your energy costs, including how MCS-FIT could affect your energy bills, you might want to try the Energy Saving Trust’s Home Energy Check.

More information on MCS products and installers can be found on the MCS website.

You can also find other relevant contact details on our Contacts, guidance and resources page.

Publications and updates

  • Published: 8th Jul 2016
  • Factsheets
  • 1 Associated documents
This factsheet provides an overview of the Feed-in Tariffs (FIT) scheme, how to apply and where to find out more information.

  • Published: 8th Jul 2016
  • Factsheets
  • 1 Associated documents
This factsheet answers some of the most frequently asked questions around the Feed-in Tariffs (FIT) scheme.

  • Published: 11th Feb 2016
  • Guidance
  • 2 Associated documents
This guidance document is for MCS-scale installations that are seeking accreditation under the scheme from 15 January 2015.

  • Published: 23rd Mar 2010
  • Open letters & correspondence
  • 1 Associated documents
Letter to accredited independent microgenerators regarding the transition from the Renewables Obligation

  • Published: 19th Mar 2010
  • Open letters & correspondence
  • 1 Associated documents
Letter to microgeneration agents regarding the transition of accredited generating stations from the Renewables Obligation.