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K2 Solar Products MCS Certified

K2 Mounting Systems Awarded MCS 012 Certification

We are delighted to announce that K2’s MCS 012 application has been approved and K2 products are now fully certified!

From 1st July, all pitched-roof installation kits and BIPV will need MCS certification in order to qualify for the feed-in tariff scheme. The requirements do not apply to flat-roof installations, which will be covered by a separate document. The new MCS 012 guideline requires each installation kit to provide the following:

  • Structurally stable fittings that ensure the weather tightness and fire performance of the roof continues to meet building regulation requirements
  • Manufacturing quality control to MCS 010 standards
  • Full installation instructions, including compatible solar panels and roof systems
  • Evidence of meeting rain, fire & wind resistance requirements

All approved solar modules hold their relevant MCS certifications but until now there have been no official standards for the substructures holding them. This new accreditation means that installers know they are being provided with a quality mounting structure, which is fit for purpose and designed to last.

Original MCS 012 launch date pushed back

The implementation of MCS 012 was originally planned to come into effect in March but was delayed three months. Griff Thomas, chair of MCS Standards Management Group, explained:

As a result of this small number of approved products confirmed as being certified and uncertainty over the timing for completion of testing, certification and listing of products, it has been agreed by MCS that the implementation date of MCS 012 will be delayed to 30 June 2014.”

MCS added that the 30th June deadline will not be extended and has urged manufactures who have not yet received compliance to “complete their work with utmost urgency”.

Further Reading

MCS 012 – Product Certification Scheme Requirements (PDF)

MCS list of certified mounting systems – www.microgenerationcertification.org

MCS 012 delayed 3 months – www.solarpowerportal.co.uk

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