The company has been successfully accredited to the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), an initiative which endorses sustainable technology used to produce heat and electricity from sustainable sources. Under the scheme, Hewlett will be licensed to install turbines, which convert wind power to electricity.
Hewlett’s accreditation to the MCS scheme comes as the UK’s wind industry is facing record demand following the government’s introduction this year of Feed-in Tariffs, which pay land and property owners for generating electricity from renewable sources.
To enable it to achieve MCS accreditation, Hewlett has installed a 14m 2.5kW turbine at its Cross Green site in Leeds which has been assessed by officials from the National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers. As part of the process, the company has also registered with Renewable Energy Assurance Limited, a best practice initiative which guarantees quality for anyone looking to install energy installations on their land or at their properties. In addition, Hewlett will be required to complete regular audits to ensure that it continues to meet MCS guidelines.
“MCS certification is a major achievement for Hewlett.It’s not just the turbines we install that require MCS accreditation to receive FIT’s payments, the installation company also requires accreditation of their business systems and engineers. That is why it was so important for us to achieve this and we are thrilled to now say Hewlett is fully MCS accredited!” says Alan Cooper, Hewlett’s Managing Director.
“By proving our standards against the stringent requirements of the MCS accreditation process, Hewlett joins a select few wind turbine installers to make the grade. Very few of our competitors have MCS accreditation. If they want to install microgeneration technologies such as wind turbines, they have to bring in a licensed contractor to carry out the work which can be expensive. We’re now able to do all this in-house for clients and along with our partners, Sykamore, provide them with a total turbine service, from an initial appraisal, right through to installation.
“Receiving the accreditationshows our commitment to enhancing and promoting alternative energy. What's more, with the Government’s FIT scheme making small wind a more attractive and lucrative prospect for farmers and landowners, we’re very excited about the possibilities that this opens up for our business.”