Solar PV Installers can benefit twice if they invest in training to be a Domestic Energy Assessor.
Posted by Pete Roberts on 14 May 2012 at 9:40 am
With the Green Deal starting in October this year and the new EPC requirements for the feed-in tariffs, there is now more reason than ever to diversify and train to become a Domestic Energy Assessor.
The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) requirement for feed-in tariffs came into force on 1 April. To claim the full rate of feed-in tariff owners of systems installed after this date must prove that the building they are mounted on or wired to meet the EPC band D or above standard.
This banding is measured after the Solar PV has been installed and, in some instances, the installation of solar PV will take the property from a lower band into band D. If it does not, other measures will need to be taken before applying for the feed-in tariff.
If a feed-in tariff application is submitted showing an EPC below band D, the owner will receive a generation rate of just 9p/kWh. If the property is band D or above then the householder will receive the full 21p/kWh (for a system of 4kWp and below).
The most important thing to go through with the end user, when applying for the feed-in tariff now is to send in the final EPC certificate with the application. If the application is sent with an EPC showing that the property is below band D, the consumer will not receive the higher rate of feed-in tariff, even if they subsequently submit an improved EPC following home improvements. Therefore, if a customer is are thinking of making energy efficiency improvements to their property, they should wait until all the work is complete before making their Feed in Tariff application.
From October this year, the Green Deal will offer householders loans linked to energy savings, to finance home improvements such as cavity wall insulation, double glazing and Solar PV. This gives Solar PV installers a double incentive to qualify as domestic energy assessors. Not only will they be able to undertake EPCs for feed-in tariff customers, but following a Green Deal upgrade course, they will be able to apply to be Green Deal Advisors.
Green Deal Advisors will assess properties to determine the most appropriate energy efficiency improvements which will then be installed by the Green Deal Installer. By undertaking your training now you can ensure you are at the front of the pack when it comes to the Green Deal.
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About the author: Pete Roberts is the Head of Mentoring for Easy MCS Ltd.
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