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Birmingham council seeks retrofit partners for £100m project

Birmingham City Council is hoping to find private industry partners to deliver private and social housing energy saving improvements in a £100 million scheme.

Birmingham Energy Savers scheme will be jointly funded by Birmingham council along with investment from energy suppliers and commercial banks and follows two successful pilot schemes conducted in the area.

The council says it will become a UK leader in retrofitting homes through the scheme which will help deliver a key objective of the council’s declaration on climate change.

The initial phase of the scheme was funded by the government’s working neighbourhoods fund and targeted vulnerable families with significant energy improvements in Aston, Lozells, Newtown and Northfield.

Birmingham City Council say the £100m scheme will create local jobs and they are holding a suppliers day on 3 February to outline the plans and find partners to deliver the private and social housing improvement work.

The council’s plan is based on the government’s Green Deal legislation, due to come into force next year, under which householders can have energy efficiency measures completed on their properties at no initial cost to them.

It hopes to roll out an extensive eco-retrofit programme that will see 3,000 homes improved in year one, 4,500 homes upgraded in 2013 and 7,500 homes completed in the final year.

Meanwhile Birmingham has been announced as the host city for the annual Solar Power UK Conference and Exhibition in October when more than 3,000 solar industry participants are due to descend on the city.

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