Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield are to share £12 million to help them kick start the Green Deal, the government announced today.
The Green Deal home energy efficiency scheme aims to help householders meet the upfront costs of improvement measures like insulation through savings on their energy bills.
The seven cities have put forward plans to lower their carbon emissions, which will put key elements of the Green Deal to the test.
“These cities have really ambitious plans to lower their emissions, reduce energy use and help people save money on their bills. I’ve been really impressed by their plans to start testing the Green Deal and transforming our homes and buildings,” commented Energy Secretary Ed Davey.
The funding will help support efforts like community engagement, retrofitting properties across whole communities, creating show homes and supporting local supply chains in the establishment and training of advisors and installers.
The cities, which plan to retrofit around 2500 households and non-domestic properties under the effort, will also generate match funding or provide additional direct support.
As well as driving future Green Deal activity in these cities, the effort will also provide early feedback on how the assessment and installation part of the scheme operates, which can be applied elsewhere.
For further information:
UK government appoints Green Deal overseers (15-Jun)
UK government lays out the next steps for the Green Deal (12-Jun)
London presents big challenge to Green Deal, warns report (29-May)
Industry network links up Green Deal providers (2-May)
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