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1,800 Green Deal Assessments Conducted in Opening Month

14 March 2013

With more than 1,800 assessments carried out in its opening month, the Green Deal is gathering momentum, the Government has reported.

Statistics released this week show that 1,803 Green Deal assessments were lodged between January 28 – the date the initiative launched – and the end of February.

Reflecting on the publication of these statistics, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey commented: “We’re seeing clear signs of a promising new market gathering momentum.

“In little more than a month, there have been 1,803 assessments and that shows genuine interest from consumers. As the market builds and awareness of the Green Deal increases, I am confident that consumer interest will grow and grow.”

News that awareness of the flagship scheme and the subsequent uptake of assessments will be greeted positively by the Government, which has had to face a number of obstacles since last October, when the scheme was originally scheduled to launch.

The Government’s initial statistical report goes on to state that 77 organisations are now recognised as official GD “assessors” with a total of 619 “advisors” employed.

The advisors will be responsible for carrying out assessments and advising householders on which home improvement measures – which can include double glazing, Cavity Wall Insulation, Loft Insulation and boiler repair – are most suited and will save money.

Furthermore, 40 Green Deal “providers” are now up and running. These providers act as a middle man between the assessors and the Green Deal Financial Company (GFDC) charged with arranging loans and grants.

The report also states that 629 organisations in the UK have received “accredited installer” status. Only accredited installers will be permitted to undertake the home improvements under the umbrella of the scheme, including Loft Insulation, Cavity Wall Insulation and Solid Wall Insulation.

According to the report, a grant scheme created to assist those in financial hardship has also begun positively.

“Some householders in older properties, and those on benefits or low incomes may qualify for extra financial assistance from the new Energy Company Obligation,” Davey said. “This has also started really well with £26.9 million worth of contracts signed.

“[These statistics] underline that the Green Deal is very much up and running.”


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