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New UK renewables certification scheme launches at InstallerSHOW

Two InstallerSHOW exhibitors are gearing up for a busy event as they have announced their partnership on the launch of a new domestic renewables installation certification scheme.

Flexi-Orb (Flexible Energy Oversight Registration Body), which has just been launched by parent company Certi-fi has announced that it has launched the certification scheme in the UK market through its first UKAS-accredited certification body, Simply Certification.

The scheme, which is aimed at driving up standards and consumer confidence in domestic renewable energy installation, is now available to installers wishing to add Solar PV (photovoltaics), Electrical Energy Storage Systems (EESS), and Electric Vehicle Charge Points (EVCP) to their renewables portfolio.

Flexi-Orb, which is due to add heat pumps to its list of measures in the near future, is the first renewables installation scheme to be recognised by UKAS to ISO17067:2013. It stipulates that products installed must also meet its product standards policies, ensuring that both installations and the products themselves are fit for purpose.

Currently, there is only one comparable scheme in the industry and Flexi-Orb hopes that it can help increase the capacity of support for the installation, maintenance and decommissioning of renewable systems as the country increases its move towards net zero.

Simply Certification is one of two certification bodies to offer Flexi-Orb and is the first to be UKAS – accredited.

Alexandra Gates
Managing Director
Simply Certification

Alexandra Gates, Managing Director of Simply Certification says: “We are delighted to be a part of this new certification scheme and launch it officially at InstallerSHOW. The introduction of this new scheme will allow existing installers to offer more options to the end user and allow new entrants to the market the option of choosing which scheme best suits their needs.

“We anticipate lots of interest and are looking forward to discussing the new scheme with InstallerSHOW visitors. Having a diverse portfolio of offerings is key to ensuring that the UK energy efficiency market is prepared for net zero. It’s an exciting time for the industry.”

David Lindsay
Managing Director
Certi-fi Schemes

David Lindsay, Managing Director of Certi-fi Schemes says: “We are delighted to launch this alternative scheme in the UK alongside Simply Certification. We believe that installers, and consumers, should have a choice. Competition doesn’t just drive up standards – it affects relationships and pricing, and ultimately benefits the end-user.

“As the country increases its move towards net zero, the demand for the safe installation, maintenance, and decommissioning of renewable systems will intensify.  A second scheme will increase the capacity to support assessment and ongoing surveillance. We are very much looking forward to meeting installers and product owners at InstallerSHOW.

“As well as competent on-site assessment, we believe in the importance of back-office support, so our scheme promotes separate, specialist assessors for each. The installation companies that have already been certified to the scheme have told us that it’s been a demanding process and they’re happy about this, because they want to show their customers that they are amongst the most capable in the industry.”

For more information on the scheme, visit Flexi-Orb at stand 5D79. To register your interest in becoming certified, visit Simply Certification at stand 5A76.

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