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:
- 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.
- Choose a FIT licensee. A full list of FIT licensees is available on our website.
- 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.
- 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.
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.