RHI Evaluation: MCS Installers Survey

12th February 2016

by Sam Taylor, Adam Baddeley, Rob Reid

This study, commissioned by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) elicits the views of renewable heat installers registered with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).

The study is part of a wider independent evaluation of the influential RHI which comes at an important time when the government is due to consult on potential changes in the coming months.

The process reveals opinions of the heating market and their interaction with customers, the influence the RHI has had on the installers market and the impact of the MCS scheme. The MCS holds information on a wide range of installers that serve the domestic and non-domestic markets.

The study presents how effectively the RHI scheme is delivering relative to its objectives and reveals findings which support its further development. Key insights from the research include:

  • The RHI scheme is helping to develop a renewable heating market
  • High costs and finance are fundamental barriers to the growth of renewable heating

In addition to Eunomia’s work, the independent evaluation summarises work by NatCen Social Research, Centre for Sustainable Energy and Frontier Economics.

This report is available free of charge. Press the orange button and supply a few details about yourself in order to access the download.

The appendices to the report can also be downloaded.