New government statistics show that 9,268 Green Deal assessments have been carried out since the scheme was launched on the 28 January
Though initial take up had been slow, with just 1,800 people taking up the scheme in the first month, almost 7,500 homeowners had assessments in March as the government’s flagship energy efficiency programme gained momentum.
However these numbers do not reflect the number of people who will actually go forward to carry out improvements to their homes, and figures for this are not yet available.
The Department for Energy and Climate Change have said this data will be released in June 2013.
Commenting on the statistics, Richard Griffiths of the UK Green Building Council, said: ‘These new statistics are encouraging and it is now clear that there is real momentum behind the Green Deal. Businesses are clearly seeing the potential in the retrofit market with an increase in the number of companies signing up to be assessor organisations.
The real proof will be how many of these assessments are converted into installations
‘However, the real proof will be how many of these assessments are converted into installations. Long-term incentives will be key to ensuring that there is continued demand for the Green Deal and not just an initial bubble.’
Energy and climate change 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. 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. Overall this is a really promising start for the Green Deal.’