Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) Installers could see the cost of onsite surveillances rise to £8,000 a year if recent proposals go ahead, warns NAPIT.
If proposals from a recent MCS consultation go ahead, the number of 'onsite surveillance visits' and 'desktop reviews' imposed upon MCS installers could increase. The bigger installation businesses could see 20 or more visits and reviews a year.
NAPIT chairman, Frank Bertie said:
“Current MCS proposals could sound the death knell for some microgeneration businesses and will cripple others. Under the intended model, the largest companies would face a costly onsite and office surveillance visit almost every other week, up from the single annual visit currently required.”
“Many SMEs would also see a sizeable jump in the number of desktop audits they are subjected to as a result of newly proposed trigger points. Under the proposed system, every installer that normally does between 1 and 10 installations per week would have to undergo at least one additional desktop review if, at any time, their installation numbers increase by a single job.”
“The time and cost implications of these proposals, in the context of an already challenging marketplace, are simply unreasonable. More concerning still, the associated impact assessment takes no account of the cost in lost working hours that the proposed surveillance schedules would impose on installers.”
“With draconian Feed-in Tariff cuts on the horizon, adding further uncertainty, microgeneration installers are being squeezed from all sides and I am genuinely concerned that this could be the straw that breaks the back of one of the most important supply chains in the UK.”