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Green Deal squads announced to boost uptake of scheme

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The government has announced a new £20 million scheme which aims to deliver the Green Deal on a street-by-street basis

New government proposals will allow local authorities to apply for funding for large scale street-by-street or area-wide Green Deal installations.

The new scheme could see ‘squads’ of Green Deal advisors and installers visiting the UK’s streets advising households on how to improve their energy efficiency.

Local authorities will identify target streets and areas in their regions that could most benefit from the Green Deal, and then offer incentives to households in these areas to encourage them to install energy efficiency home improvements through the scheme.

If we are going to deliver the Green Deal at real scale then we need a ‘street-by-street’ vision

Energy and climate change minister Greg Barker said: ‘If we are going to deliver the Green Deal at real scale then we need a ‘street-by-street’ vision and a ‘street-by-street’ plan! It starts here! However, local authorities really know their areas best. They know which streets and properties could most benefit from a Green Deal to improve their energy efficiency, and what local people need to provide them with a greater choice.’

Uptake of the government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme has so far been slow, with just four per cent of households signing up to the scheme.

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) doesn’t think this will be enough to spur on the scheme’s uptake.

Director of policy and communications at the UK-GBC, John Alker commented:  ‘It’s encouraging to see government exploring other options to drive uptake of the Green Deal and the £20million Green Deal Communities scheme will help councils identify streets which are most in need of energy efficiency measures.

‘However, this will not be enough on its own. Additional incentives must be used if the Green Deal is to reach millions instead of just hundreds of UK homes.’ 

Local authorities will have until the 31 December 2013 to bid for funding.

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