There are several steps to implementing your project; we have listed these below.
- Confirm funding, the mechanism for claiming, and any funding conditions.
- Secure legal advice and formally amend the lease, if appropriate.
- Secure your grid connection by accepting the offer and making payment.
- Contract any other energy efficiency measures to be implemented.
- Confirm the programme based on consenting period and grid connection.
- Instruct your preferred installer to begin work (securing consents, initially).
- Await consents and confirm any conditions prior to progressing to installation.
- Instruct the installer to commence installation and agree a pre-start meeting date.
- Confirm all practical details of the installation at the pre-start meeting. This may include:
- all site restrictions and requirements of site users
- any restrictions required to suit other parties (eg neighbours, local council)
- site access and storage arrangements
- welfare arrangements
- time on site
- contingency arrangements (eg weather, unforeseen events)
- evidence of contractor’s insurance
- confirm contact details and roles for all responsible parties.
- Support the installation by being available, attentive and helpful.
- Confirm your own insurance cover to operate from installation completion.
- Contract your operation and maintenance requirements, if necessary.
- Receive your installer’s MCS Commissioning Certificate.
- Make all final payments.
- On completion, secure payment for any generation not used on site. This will be through a Smart Export Guarantee or through a Power Purchase Agreement with an energy supplier. In either case, referencing a smart meter or export meter will be required.
- Next steps include monitoring your energy demand and generation and if you haven’t already, consider the benefits of EV charging, battery storage and decarbonising your heating.