• April 9, 2014 - Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Released - Solar Thermal has got the great government funding through the Domestic RHI which it deserves! Solartwin Solar Thermal panels have just become not only a cost cutting and very green option to heat your water but now you will receive additional... More →
  • November 6, 2013 - Notice to Solartwin customers - Letter's from Stenfield & Co - A number of Solar Twin Ltd customers have been in touch this week to query a letter they have received from legal firm Stenfield & Co. - The content relates to Solar Twin Ltd's liquidation, and claims that customers "undoubtedly paid more than... More →
  • July 12, 2013 - Renewable Heat Incentive Updated - Solar Thermal to have Heavy Support - The Government have today released the Renewable Heat Incentive: The first step to transforming the way we heat our homes. If you are looking to buy a SolarTwin System contact Genfit. "the scheme will be open to anyone in these groups who installed... More →
  • May 27, 2013 - DECC announce they are doubling the RHPP grant for solar thermal from £300 to £600 - Solar Thermal Panels Receive Huge Renewable Heat Premium Payment - Solar Thermal has received a huge boost, it's a great time to buy a Solartwin Product. - Greg Barker tweeted about the scheme - - Big uplift for #RHPP Vouchers to put a shot in the... More →
  • February 14, 2013 - Solartwin DIY reviews - SolarTwin Reviews from Reviewcentre - "Review Centre is a community of real people, just like you, sharing their product and service experiences. - Our community of reviewers are a passionate bunch who want to help you discover what's right for... More →
  • January 17, 2013 - Crackdown on aggresive solar selling - YouGen, a leading consumer body serving the renewable and energy efficiency sectors, is calling for a change in the law after a review by the Office of Fair Trading revealed unscrupulous selling tactics by solar and other energy efficiency... More →

Some challenges for MCS and the RHI…

Filed under: Latest News

Heat Energy, DECC RHI, RHPP – UK renewable heating incentive scheme – green energy subsidy news 19 September 2011.

Copy of correspondence to DECC/RHI and MCS [with my comments in brackets]

Dear Sirs,

I would like to remind you of some very slow progress in MCS and RHI and to ask whether there are industry vetoes or blocks operating, either formally or informally:

(a) The RHI needs to fund “net energy benefit” rather than “gross thermal energy”, in order to prevent millions of pounds of subsidy being mis-allocated to fund non-existent energy benefits. Today’s grant-looting must stop. The point here is that MCS documents clearly needs to accept this “net energy benefit” principle. At present, not all of them do so, thus licensing the misinformation of consumers, in terms of their overall energy benefit. One day some of UK’s anti-environmental newspapers are going to rip  to shreds the credibility of Government Policy on this matter of over-funding by paying for gross energy. Does anyone really care? [I think the nuclear and heat pump industries both care deeply about this issue not being sorted out soon, because this near-fraud benefits heat pump users by over 20%. Time to stop raiding the trough, lads!]

(b) The MCS solar thermal installation standard MIC 3001, still contains no reference to HSE’s Legionella ACOP L8, even though as from last week, the heat pump installation standard MIS 3005 finally does so. This is despite four years of work on MIS 3001. For how long will this anomaly continue? [As reported elsewhere in this site, we have been warned not to go near Legionella by the top brass at the Solar Trade Assocition because of the impact on “total sales”. So much for industry serving the consumer: more like industry-self-service at every trough.]

(c) third party validation of simple domestic solar thermal installations by a competent MCS installer is still not possible, thus stunting the market for solar thermal and putting installation costs artificially high for consumers. [Why shouldn’t a few competent DIY’ers be allowed to fit simple solar water heating panels, for example, provided that they do so safely and provided the final installations is as good as a professional one and provided that an MCS installer signed off and takes FULL responsibility for the system being fitted according to the relevant parts of the MCS installation spec?]

(d) MCS still has no disclosure requirements regarding the likes of freemasonry. How can you ever operate transparently and with confidence in the construction industry with incomplete disclosure in areas of known influence? [Yet another area where we have had the odd unsolicited advice / email about what is good for us. It can say a lot about an organisation when it refuses to align itself with better ways of working. We have suggested repeatedly, and have been repeatedly ignored, that MCS operates in alignment with relevant parts of the Civil Service Management Code Paragraph 4.1.3.c]

(e) MCS still has no stated “convergence aims with BSI”, either, even though BSI have plenty of well-established sound rules and procedures. Instead, MCS lurches around from crisis to crisis, with, in comparison, a handful of rules, which merely prompts it to reinvent more, often poor quality constitutional rules, too often in an on-the-hoof or reactive way. This deliberate deficit of governance had not only allowed some great innovations to be democratically sidelined, as we have repeatedly seen, it also wastes huge amounts of resources by duplication. Such obvious wastefulness is not a good use of state funds at any time, let alone in times of economic constraint. [It can say a lot about an organisation when it refuses to align itself with better ways of working. Again, this seems to be about strategic trough-grabbing. by industrial vested interests, at the expense of others.]

Do you have a clear timetable for these improvements?.

Regards, Barry.


Written and published by -
Genfit - 0844 567 9032

For speed, and for the sake of the environment, Solartwin offer feasibility checks and fixed price solar quotes by phone.
Unique in the world, Solartwin's phone survey now also uses online aerial photographs of your roof in most urban areas!

Unlike most solar surveys, our instant surveys and quotes are completely free and with no obligation.
Click here to request a survey

Or Call us on

0844 567 9032

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Released

Solar Thermal has got the great government funding through the Domestic RHI which it deserves! Solartwin Solar Thermal panels have just become not only a cost cutting and very green option to heat your water but now you will receive additional funding too! The Domestic RHI rates – Released April 2014 Ofgem have produced a […]

Read More | Archives

Notice to Solartwin customers – Letter’s from Stenfield & Co

A number of Solar Twin Ltd customers have been in touch this week to query a letter they have received from legal firm Stenfield & Co. The content relates to Solar Twin Ltd’s liquidation, and claims that customers “undoubtedly paid more than you should have and it is highly likely that you will have been […]

Read More | Archives

Renewable Heat Incentive Updated – Solar Thermal to have Heavy Support

The Government have today released the Renewable Heat Incentive: The first step to transforming the way we heat our homes. If you are looking to buy a SolarTwin System contact Genfit. “the scheme will be open to anyone in these groups who installed an eligible technology since 15th July 2009” so if you have a […]

Read More | Archives

DECC announce they are doubling the RHPP grant for solar thermal from £300 to £600

Solar Thermal Panels Receive Huge Renewable Heat Premium Payment Solar Thermal has received a huge boost, it’s a great time to buy a Solartwin Product. Greg Barker tweeted about the scheme – Big uplift for #RHPP Vouchers to put a shot in the arm of the market ahead of full Domestic #RHI tinyurl.com/ktxz3o2 — Greg […]

Read More | Archives

Solartwin DIY reviews

SolarTwin Reviews from Reviewcentre “Review Centre is a community of real people, just like you, sharing their product and service experiences. Our community of reviewers are a passionate bunch who want to help you discover what’s right for you.” (Review Centre) We are well rated on review centre, this shows the excellent product quality of […]

Read More | Archives


or jump to...