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West Midlands to lead Green Deal under £600m scheme

The West Midlands looks set to lead a Green Deal revolution after Birmingham Energy Savers issued a tender notice for works, exclusively revealed by CN, which they say could eventually be worth up to £1.5 billion.

Birmingham City Council is expected to provide up to £75m for an initial pilot, the Pathfinder Programme, with a further £25m expected to be secured via investment through the energy company obligation under which energy suppliers are asked to support hard-to-treat and vulnerable households.

Chief among the delivery partner’s obligations will be to engage customers, assess properties and secure finance and manage loans. The partner will be expected to keep a database of installation data.

The Pathfinder Programme is expected to last approximately three years with the last property refurbished around autumn 2015 and BCC’s investment repaid under the green deal scheme, feed-in tariff, renewable heat incentive and other funds, grants, tariff or incentive arrangements over an expected 25-year period.

Following the Pathfinder Programme, BCC expect to extend the contract with the delivery partner for up to an additional value of £500m over five years for private and social homes and non-domestic buildings.

A total number of eight contractors will be invited to tender for the work and participants must request to participate by 17 October at 12pm.

Birmingham Energy Savers programme manager David Allport told Construction News (p5, News, 01 September) that the inclusion of non-domestic public buildings under the Green Deal had both increased the programme value and decreased risk.

The estimated value of the five-year contract extension for each local authority or Housing association is:

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council: £23.4m
Herefordshire Council: £11.3m
Lichfield District Council: £3m
North Warwickshire Borough Council: £15.74m
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council : £14m
Rugby Borough Council: £6m
Shropshire County Council: £66.75m
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council: £150.3m
Staffordshire County Council: £63m
Stratford District Council: £1.45m
Tamworth Borough Council: £23.6m
Telford and Wrekin Council: £16.2m
Warwick District Council: £3m
Warwickshire County Council: £20m
Worcester City Council: £24m
Wychavon District Council: £30m
Wyre Forest District Council: £13.5m
Accord Housing Association: £66m
Balsall Heath Housing: £0.4m
Black Country Housing Group: £1.9m
Midland Heart: £8m
Orbit HA: £7.1m
Viridian Housing: £3m
Warwickshire Police Authority: £0.3m
West Midlands Fire Service: £0.9m
West Midlands Police: £0.1m
Wrekin Housing Group: £1.83m

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