Developments around the Green Homes Grant

Ian Rippin, CEO of MCS

We’ve entered September, highly anticipated as the month that the Green Homes Grant scheme opens. As we all await the announcement on what date consumers can begin to apply for their vouchers, further details as to how the scheme will be administered are becoming clearer.

We are working closely with government officials and I’m determined to keep our MCS certified Contractor base up-to-date with the latest information. We will also remain instrumental in providing feedback and insights to ensure we can make the Green Homes Grant work for us all.

Some key changes that we have seen in the past week include:

The Consumer Journey

We managed to get a look at what the proposed consumer journey will look like:

  • The customer will be encouraged to seek advice for what the most appropriate measures are for their property. The government are signposting to the Simple Energy Advice (SEA) website.
  • It is intended that customers can use the SEA website to find accredited tradespeople or businesses in their area that can undertake the work and provide quotations.
  • Customers will be advised to get at least 3 quotes to make sure they are getting the best value for money, but can choose which quotation to go with.
  • The consumer will then apply for their voucher through the official portal and arrange for the work to be carried out.
  • The Contractor completes the work, commissions the system and raises the MCS certificate. They then use their MCS certificate to lodge the work with TrustMark. Once this is done the voucher can then be redeemed.

We are still awaiting more detail on when the consumer voucher portal will be ready.

Biomass added as a Primary Measure

We’ve managed to now confirm with BEIS that Biomass has been included as a Primary Measure under the scheme. This now sits alongside Heat Pumps and Solar Thermal.

You need to be MCS certified and TrustMark registered in order to install this technology under the Green Homes Grant.

Problems with the Energy Saving Plans being issued by the SEA website

Our Helpdesk Team have had a number of calls this week from customers confused by the plans being issued from the SEA website. When checking their eligibility for the Green Homes Grant, Solar PV is being listed on their Energy Saving Plan as an option. We can confirm that the government decision was that Solar PV won’t be included in the Green Homes Grant scheme. We have flagged this, along with some other issues with the plans, to the SEA team directly and hope they can fix this soon.

We expect more information to be released in the following weeks and will issue more detail when we have it. In the meantime, if you would like to share your experiences so far, please do email our Helpdesk Team: mcshelpdesk@mcscertified.com