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New solar PV accreditation scheme from BRE

Posted by Sandra Hayes on 18 August 2016 at 1:55 pm

The Building Research Establishment (BRE) launched their new voluntary Solar PV Certification Scheme at their Solar Summit on the 19th July 2016. Although applicable to all solar projects, its target is solar rooftop installations over 50kW (approx. 350m2) which is above the threshold for installations that can be accredited through the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).

The new certification scheme includes a two stage review of system design and installation. Once installed there is an ongoing assessment in the first and second years on operation and maintenance. It is based on the IET Code of Practice for Grid Connected Solar Photovoltaic Systems. It can be used to accredit both existing and new build installations. Once certification is granted, it may be maintained only through regular surveillance assessments.

For investors this new scheme will ensure design and installation quality and provide confidence in the system. From 2017, credit can be given to certified installations under BREEAM New Build Construction. From the installers perspective this new scheme will enable installers to demonstrate quality and differentiate themselves from the competition. Installers who become accredited are included in BRE’s Green Book Live. More details can be found here.

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