Specialist Installer of Solar Systems in Oxford and Surrounding Counties

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or email enquiries@simssolar.co.uk

Useful information

Independent advice

Energy Saving Trust

The Energy Saving Trust (EST) is an independent organisation that gives impartial, accurate and authoritative advice on how to reduce carbon emissions and use water more sustainably, as well as to help people to save money on energy bills

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YouGen

YouGen is an independent organisation established to make it easy for people to get the information they need to invest in renewable energy (or decide it is not right for their home)

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Consumer protection

Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd

The Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC) operated by Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd (REAL). The aim of the scheme is to guarantee a high quality experience for consumers wishing to buy or lease small-scale energy generation systems for their homes. The Renewable Energy Consumer Code logo is a sign that the company has agreed to abide by the high standards set out in the Consumer Code. Membership of the scheme is a prerequisite for eligibility to the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

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Approving body

NAPIT

Sims Solar’s MCS accreditation has been awarded by NAPIT. NAPIT Certification operates a UKAS accredited scheme which allows certification of installers under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). By providing combined access to MCS Approval and Building Regulations self-certification, NAPIT provides a complete solution for the microgeneration installer in an efficient and cost effective manner

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Government agencies

Ofgem

Ofgem (the Office of the Gas and Electricity Markets) aims to protect consumers as their first priority. It does this by promoting competition, wherever appropriate, and by regulating the monopoly companies which run the gas and electricity networks

Ofgem administers the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme and the Feed in Tariff (FiT) scheme on behalf of the Government

Ofgem has published information for renewable generators wanting to benefit from the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme. It provides an overview of the scheme‘s eligibility criteria and explains the process of seeking accreditation

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DECC

Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is responsible for developing an overarching policy framework and supporting legislation, setting tariffs for different technologies

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MCS

The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) is an internationally recognised quality assurance scheme, supported by the Department of Energy and Climate Change

Sims Solar is accredited under the MCS Feed in Tariff rates

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Planning Legislation (England and Wales)

The Planning Portal is the UK Government's online planning and building regulations resource for England and Wales

  • The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (No. 2) (England) Order 2008 Download pdf
  • The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (England) Order 2012 PART 40 Installation of domestic microgeneration equipment class A Download pdf
  • The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (England) Order 2012 PART 43 Installation of non-domestic microgeneration equipment class A Download pdf
  • Permitted development for householders Download pdf
  • Definition of Part 1 Article 1 (5) land Download pdf

Feed in Tariffs

Feed in Tariff rates

Partners

Consultations

FiT consultations

Feed-in Tariffs Scheme Government response to Consultation on Comprehensive Review Phase 2A: Solar PV cost control Download pdf

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RHI consultations

  • Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive: the first step towards transforming the way we heat our homes (outcome of Public Consultation) Download pdf
  • Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive: the first step towards transforming the way we heat our homes (Government Response) Download pdf
  • Renewable Heat Incentive Consultation on proposals for a domestic scheme (closed) Download pdf
  • Renewable Heat Incentive: Expanding the non-domestic scheme (closed) Download pdf
  • Renewable Heat Incentive: Expanding the non-domestic scheme A Government Response Download pdf

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Reference documents and White papers

  • Guide to the installation of photovoltaics 3rd Edition Download pdf
  • Guide to the installation of PV systems 2nd Edition Download pdf
  • Solar water heating systems – guidance for professionals, conventional indirect models CE131 Download pdf
  • A guide for connecting generation that falls under G83/1-1 Stage 1 Visit site
  • A guide for connecting generation that falls under G83/1-1 Stage 2 Visit site
  • A guide for connecting generation that falls under G59/2 Visit site
  • Energy Saving Trust Here comes the sun: a field trial of solar water heating systems Visit site
  • Photon testing of REC PV panels no two modules alike Download pdf
  • Methodology for calculating installed Solar Thermal capacity.

Testimonials

“Just wanted to say thank you for such a smooth and professional installation. Throughout the process I found you knowledgeable and trustworthy.”

Mr and Mrs W

Charvil