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Gov re-launches Green Deal fund

The energy efficiency industry has been boosted by the revival of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund which was closed in July after overwhelming popular demand.

The energy efficiency industry has been boosted by the revival of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund which was closed in July after overwhelming popular demand.

The incentive scheme, which has provided cash vouchers to over 20,000 households so far, has re-opened from today (10 December) after a £100 million injection to extend it was announced in October

The original fund launched in June with a £120 million budget, offering up to £7,600 to households for energy efficiency improvements. 

However, it closed after just six weeks due to a surge of applications which saw £70 million of the budget allocated in just a few days, sparking a fierce backlash from the energy efficiency industry.

Re-launch

As part of the re-launch, £30 million of vouchers have been made available, offering up to £5,600 to households. 

Further releases from the budget are set to be announced on a quarterly basis to avoid the sort of market surges that forced the closure of the scheme earlier this year.

Of the £30 million initially available, up to £24 million is ring-fenced for solid wall insulation and up to £6 million for two other measures per applicant from a list of home improvements.

‘Full marks’

The Government has also put a new application process in place to prevent lead generation companies applying for vouchers on behalf of households in an attempt to sell improvement work to them.  

Richard Twinn, policy and public affairs officer at the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), said the new version of the scheme deserved “full marks”, adding that the more robust application process was “likely to result in fewer speculative applications” and that the ring-fenced funding would help “stop the fund being completely swallowed up by the most expensive energy saving measures.” 

Supply chain

There are now more than 4,000 registered Green Deal assessors and over 2,700 registered installers, with the supply chain continuing to grow month-on-month. 

According to research from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) carried out earlier this year, four out of five households that receive Green Deal assessments intend to install at least one of the energy efficiency measures recommended to them, and many installers now see joining the Green Deal supply chain as a ‘necessity’ in order to remain competitive.

For more information on the new funding, click here.