UK company, Romag, has become the first company to be awarded a licence under the new Kitemark Scheme for Microgeneration, which is operated by British Standards Institution (BSI).

The licence has been granted for Romag’s PowerGlaz SMT6-series solar photovoltaic modules, which are suitable for use in on-roof, grid-supplemental and grid-independent applications.

“We have been Kitemark licensees for our glass products for many years,” said Joe Paisley, quality assurance manager at Romag, “and we’ve found time and again that the Kitemark is very appealing to specifiers and buyers, not only in the UK but also in major export markets. As soon as the Kitemark Scheme for Microgeneration was announced we were, therefore, very enthusiastic about gaining a licence for PV products – and we are delighted to be first company that has done so!”

“We are confident that this success will help us to further increase the sales of our PowerGlaz products which, in the six years we’ve been producing them, have already gained a strong reputation in the marketplace for quality, performance and value.”

Romag’s Kitemark for Microgeneration licence relates to BS EN 61215:1995, “Crystalline silicon terrestrial photovoltaic (PV) modules. Design qualification and type approval”.

The licence was granted only after the products had been subjected to extensive testing, and the company’s manufacturing systems and methods had been evaluated by independent inspectors from BSI. These procedures will be repeated at regular intervals for as long as Romag holds the licence, to ensure that standards are maintained and that purchasers of products bearing the Kitemark can always be assured of consistent quality.

Certification to MCS is required by all installers and product manufacturers who want to be able to access the UK domestic government grant projects.