How to Become an Approved Solar Installer on Holmes Media

After signing up to receive high-quality solar installation leads through our service, we will check that your company meets a number of industry standards and you have all the required certification.

Once we’ve confirmed that your company meets our quality criteria, you’ll be able to access fully qualified solar sales leads whenever you need them. There’s no contract or subscription; we offer a pay-as-you-service so you stay in control and can buy as many or as few leads as you need.

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What Accreditation Do You Need?

To buy solar installation and solar repair leads through Holmes Media, your company must be Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accredited for the type of solar you install – solar photovoltaic (PV), solar thermal or both.

As well as this, your business must be a member of either the Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC) or Home Insulation & Energy Systems Contractors Scheme (HIES).

We have these requirements to ensure that customers can be confident that they’ll be getting a professional service from qualified solar installers.

Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS)

MCS is a quality assurance scheme, backed by the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. The scheme provides certification for companies installing renewable energy systems that generate electricity and heat, as well as the technology itself.

In order for a customer to apply for the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) or Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) the renewable energy system needs to be installed by an MCS installer with MCS approved technology.

Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC)

The RECC is there to give customers the confidence that they’re having a high-quality renewable energy system installed by a qualified and trusted professional.

Home Insulation & Energy Systems Contractors Scheme (HIES)

The HIES is an organisation that has been set up to protect consumers looking to install a renewable energy system. Being a HIES member proves to consumers that your company is professional and that the product comes with an extensive warranty.

How to Get MCS Accredited

A company that will be carrying out installations of any renewable energy system (not just solar) that will be sending excess energy back to the national grid needs to be MCS accredited. This goes for large solar installation companies right down to one-person outfits.

To earn MCS accreditation, there are 3 things that a company needs to undertake:

  • Acceptable training for the renewable technology that you will be installing – solar PV, solar thermal etc.
  • Prepare ahead of certification.
  • Arrange an assessment by applying through a certification body.

In terms of preparing your company for certification, you will need to ensure that you’re able to provide the following:

  • Quality Management System (QMS)
  • Technical reference documents
  • Client records, certificates and documents
  • Appropriate equipment and instrumentation
  • Record of complaints
  • Complaints procedure
  • Certificates to prove training
  • Proof of public liability insurance
  • List of building installation work that the company is responsible for

The assessment must be carried out by a United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) such as the NICEIC or NAPIT.

What’s Involved in the NICEIC MCS Assessment

You can become an MCS installer by applying through the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC). It’s possible to submit your application online, over the phone or by post; if everything meets the requirements of the NICEIC, then you’ll be contacted to arrange an assessment.

The assessment will take 1 day, but this will vary depending on the number of technologies you would like your company to be accredited for. The day is split into 2 parts, beginning with time in the office and then an onsite inspection:

  • Office: The NICEIC need to see that your business meets the management systems and competency criteria of the scheme.
  • On-site: An inspection of work undertaken by your company to ensure that it meets technical standards.
  • Once the assessment has been carried out, the NICEIC will review the assessment and confirm in writing whether or not the company meets MCS accreditation standards.

    NAPIT MCS Assessment

    MCS assessments can also be carried out by the National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT), another UKAS accredited membership scheme for the building and fabric sectors.

    Earning MCS accreditation through NAPIT gives your company the ability to self-certify an renewable energy installations that you carry out, meaning that your customers will be able to apply for government funded schemes for the energy being generated.

    Why is MCS Accreditation so Important?

    Not only does being able to prove that you’re an MCS installer show that you’re qualified to carry out an installation and give the customer instant trust in your company, they will also be able to apply for government incentives such as the Renewable Heat Incentive and Feed-in Tariff – although the latter is due to close at the end of March 2019.

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    How to Apply for RECC Membership

    The process of applying for RECC membership begins by completing an application form, which can be found on the RECC website. Once this has been completed, a Self-assessment Compliance Check Form, along with required supporting documents, will need to be submitted too.

    RECC Membership Benefits

    Earning RECC membership comes with the following benefits:

    • Consumer confidence.
    • Quality Assured National Warranties (QANW) deposit and workmanship warranty insurance.
    • Leaflets to hand out to potential customers that list the many benefits of renewable energy.
    • 25% off the Which? Trusted Trader scheme until 2020.
    • Webinar training that covers marketing, sales, after sales care and much more.

    How to Apply for HIES Membership

    To become a HIES member, a company must complete the HIES application form and quality control form, both available on the HIES website. You can submit these through the online application form along with several documents that you also need to attach, such as:

    • Employer’s liability insurance
    • Complaints procedure
    • Customer references
    • Supplier references
    • Consumer contract (with terms and conditions)

    HIES Membership Benefits

    Once a company has HIES membership then they’re able to enjoy the following benefits:

    • Yearly audit to help retain high standards.
    • Company listing on the HIES website.
    • Deposit protection and insurance backed guarantees for all installations carried out by the company.
    • Support with compliance and legislation.

    How we Generate High-Quality Sales Leads

    We only allow solar installers that are qualified to the highest industry standards to sign-up to Holmes Media, which is why we expect the same level of quality from our solar sales leads.

    Our website, Solar Guide, attracts over 350,000 visitors a year, many of whom go on to actively request quotes for solar panel installation and solar repair. Once they’ve requested quotes, we work to ensure that they’re genuine enquiries from people with a real intention to buy. To do this, we telephone-qualify our sales leads to ensure that the contact details are correct and confirm the type of work they require.

    At that point the lead becomes available for you and up to 2 other companies to buy. We’ll notify you by text or email when a lead is available in your area and for the type of work you’re looking for.

    When you do choose to buy a lead, you can do so with confidence knowing that the customer has asked for solar quotes and is waiting for your call. Then it’s down to you to sell your service as the best option.

    View Our Sales Leads

    If your company has MCS accreditation and either RECC or HIES certification, then you can sign-up to view and buy leads as you please with Holmes Media.

    • No sign-up fees
    • No subscription fees
    • No-obligation to buy leads
    • Why wait? Get started today to view sales leads in your area and grow your business.

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