Telford & Wrekin Council in £30m Green Deal

7 June 2013

Telford & Wrekin Council is the latest local authority to take advantage of the Green Deal, allowing it to provide energy efficient improvements for its residents.

The council has confirmed that it has formed a partnership with integrated support services provider Carillion, creating the Telford Energy Savers (TES) programme. 

The programme – which is thought to be worth £30 million over eight years – has been designed to fund measures that will bring the cost of energy bills in the region down.

Under the Green Deal, householders can take out a Government loan to cover the upfront payment of energy efficient improvements like Cavity Wall Insulation and Solid Wall Insulation. The cost of the loan and the interest incurred is repaid via a property’s energy bill.

The scheme is unique in that the cost of repayment will not exceed the sum saved by making the improvements in the first place, effectively meaning householders do not pay for these measures.

Telford & Wrekin was one of the 40 neighbouring authorities who signed up for the Birmingham Energy Savers (BES) framework, which saw Birmingham City Council strike a deal with Carillion. The BES scheme hopes to improve energy and carbon efficiency in as many as 60,000 households across Birmingham.

Under its own scheme, Telford & Wrekin Council hopes to be able to help its residents.

"The Telford Energy Savers programme will help our residents in Telford and Wrekin to stay warm for less,” said Charles Smith, Telford & Wrekin Council's cabinet member for Housing, Development and Borough Towns. 

“Everyone can benefit from energy saving improvements - and their energy bills will fall.

"For me, the most exciting part of this partnership is the opportunity to boost the local economy through investing in energy-saving.  Our local suppliers will have more business, they will recruit more people, and the green economy will support more jobs of all types." 

TES will provide a ‘one-to-shop’ for local residents looking to utilise the Green Deal to improve their property, carrying out assessments, arranging financial plans, and finally organising installation and fitting of the measures required.

Telford residents looking to benefit from the likes of Cavity Wall Insulation and Solid Wall Insulation, as well as more than 40 other measures, can simply contact TES and make arrangements.

John Jago, Managing Director of Carillion Domestic Energy Services, added: "UK homes are among the least energy efficient in the world, but through schemes like TES and with our partners we can go some way to making a real difference in our homes and with our communities."

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