Encouraging Green Deal start

Commenting on the publication of the latest statistics, energy minister Greg Barker said: “It is clearly very early days but the latest figures on the Green Deal show that this new market is gathering real momentum.

“A total of 9,268 Green Deal assessments taking place in just over two months is very encouraging and shows a genuine interest from consumers. The Green Deal gives people the opportunity to improve the efficiency of their homes, make them warmer and protect themselves from rising energy bills.

“The number of businesses getting on board continues to rise steadily, underlining that the Green Deal offers fantastic new commercial opportunities.

“In all, 48 firms are now authorised as providers, with a further 831 registered to carry out installations and over a thousand individuals registered to offer assessments. This is a really promising start for the Green Deal.”

The scheme was launched on 28 January to a slow start, with only 1,729 assessments carried out in February.

“The DECC’s latest update is really encouraging,” said Plumb Center’s head of sustainability Tim Pollard. “In the past few months the Green Deal has really started to take off and we hope the enthusiasm for it continues.

“Green Deal provides great opportunities for homeowners and landlords to reduce their energy costs – generating demand for installers’ expertise, which is good news all round.

“The update today shows people are putting their faith in the Green Deal and we’re really looking forward to seeing the next release of statistics in a couple of months’ time”

The Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC) has also confirmed the details of the financing agreements which it signed on 12 March with a major group of stakeholders, the DECC and the UK Green Investment Bank. 

The agreements provide a £244m funding package for the set-up, financing and administration of Green Deal Plans and enable Green Deal Providers to begin selling Green Deal Plans immediately.