Heat Pumps

The Microgeneration Certification Scheme

The Microgeneration Certification Scheme is an industry-led scheme designed to support the development of the microgeneration industry and to drive the quality and reliability of installations. The scheme has been developed in partnership with Government, experts in the field and other organisations representing consumer interests.

The Microgeneration Certification Scheme includes clear standards to support the installation of wind turbines and air source heat pumps. The main purpose of the scheme is to build consumer confidence in microgeneration technologies.

The scheme includes certification for products and installer companies. One of the limits of permitted development rights for wind turbines and air source heat pumps is that equipment must be installed by an installer who has been certificated through the scheme using a certificated product.

While it is ultimately the landowners responsibility to ensure that all of the conditions and limits to be permitted development will be met, the installer of the equipment should check to ensure that the installation complies with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme planning standards (MCS 020), including requirements on noise.

For further details, see the microgeneration certification scheme’s website.