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Green Deal assessments number almost 2,000 in first month

The government has released the first statistics on residential Green Deal takeup, showing 1,803 assessments had been lodged by the end of February.

The vast majority of assessments took place in February, with the scheme being launched on 28 January.

Green Deal assessments present homes with a choice of whether or not to proceed with energy efficiency measures under the scheme.

Energy secretary Edward Davey said: “We’re seeing clear signs of a promising new market gathering momentum. In little more than a month, there have been 1,803 Green Deal assessments and that shows genuine interest from consumers.”

“Some householders in older properties, and those on benefits or low incomes may qualify for extra financial assistance from the new Energy Company Obligation, and this has also started really well with £26.9 million worth of contracts signed.”

The figures also showed that 77 Green Deal assessor organisations and 619 Green Deal advisors had been accredited.

£26.9m in ECO contracts had been signed, meanwhile, which require energy companies to deliver against efficiency targets.

Mr Davey continued: “We have created the Green Deal to overhaul our inefficient housing stock and help people keep their homes warm, while also reducing their energy bills. And as the market builds and awareness of the Green Deal increases, I am confident that consumer interest will grow and grow.

“The Green Deal will also cut our carbon and create skilled jobs in the process. The number of businesses getting on board is increasing daily – highlighting the growing confidence that the Green Deal offers fantastic new opportunities. 40 firms are already authorised as providers, with a further 629 registered to carry out installations and 619 individuals registered to offer assessments. This underlines that the Green Deal is very much up and running.”

Commenting on the figures, John Alker, director of policy and communications at UK-GBC, said: “It’s great to see the momentum building behind the Green Deal and ECO.”

“While much of this activity will have been driven by DECC-funded local authority projects, it still demonstrates that the public are taking note of the scheme and getting involved.

“Similarly, the rising number of accreditations show that businesses are seeing a real opportunity in this market. And we must remember that each training course, assessment, and installation is helping industry to gain experience and build capacity that will stand the scheme in good stead for the years to come.

“However, the initial rush provided by these early projects, and the subsequent take-up driven by the cash-back scheme is likely to prove unsustainable in the long-term if Government fails to put in place lasting, structural incentives. We would hope to see proposals in this respect included in next week’s budget.”

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