NAPIT Certification has reported that it has seen a “significant increase” in applications to the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) throughout April.

The body credits the rise in interest in MCS accreditation in part to the launch of the domestic renewable heat incentive (RHI). In order to claim support under the domestic RHI, all equipment installed needs to MCS-accredited.

Commenting on NAPIT’s rise in MCS applications, managing director of NAPIT Certification, David Cowburn said: “It’s encouraging to see more tradespeople moving into the renewable energy market. Our recent results suggest that installers have growing faith in the domestic RHI, we are hopeful that consumers will show similar levels of interest in this important incentive.”

Virginia Graham, chief executive, REAL, expressed concern that the public’s level of knowledge of the technologies available was lacking, reinforcing the importance of strong accreditation. She said: “These technologies can improve people’s lives as well as the environment, but they are also complicated and unfamiliar to many. Customers must do their research into the technologies, their local installers and the domestic RHI scheme details to ensure that renewable heating is right for them. Getting quotes from at least three MCS-registered installers is essential to ensure you get the best installation for your home at the best value for your budget.”