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Housing association among 22 organisations set to be first to offer Green Deals

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Landlord among 22 organisations set to be first to offer Green Deals Landlord among 22 organisations set to be first to offer Green Deals

Housing association Gentoo and social housing contractors Willmott Dixon and Keepmoat are set to be among the first to offer Green Deals, after signing an agreement with the Government.

They have joined a group containing 22 organisations, which will work on developing key Green Deal systems and processes that will need to be fully functional to ensure the scheme works for consumers when it goes live.

Members of the group will still be required to go through a robust accreditation process in order to become accredited Green Deal Providers.

Gentoo, which last week became the first social landlord to join the Green Deal Finance Company, is aspiring to become a Green Deal Provider.

Sally Hancox, director at Gentoo Group, said: “It's vital that we get the finer detail of the Green Deal right before it goes live in order to deliver warmer homes for our customers while simultaneously tackling fuel poverty and carbon reduction.” 

Rob Lambe, managing director at Willmott Dixon Energy Services, said: “In the UK we have become too used to living in cold uncomfortable homes with increasing numbers living in fuel poverty, under Green Deal, our strong tradition of home improvement will be able to readily combine aesthetics and function with increased warmth whilst protecting against rising fuel bills and climate change – a great business opportunity.”

Ian Sutcliffe, CEO at Keepmoat, said: “We will be one of the first Green Deal providers in the UK and we’re delighted to be linking up with DECC to ensure we offer the best possible service from day one."

Gentoo has already delivered a number of retrofit schemes, including a Green Deal pilot the ‘Energy Saving Bundle’, on its own stock.

Climate Change Minister Greg Barker Greg Barker added: “The signing of this agreement between government and business pioneers represents a watershed moment in the development of the Green Deal. The commitment shown today highlights the opportunity organisations see in the Green Deal from community groups, SMEs to big business which only bodes well for the scheme’s future success. We will be working with these organisations to ensure they can fulfil the potential they have demonstrated today and become the first to offer Green Deals.”

The organisations who have signed today’s agreement at DECC include big business, SMEs and community groups. Green Deal providers will be offering energy efficiency packages to consumers when the scheme launches later this year. The Government will be working with the pioneers to ensure the move from testing into a managed launch in October works seamlessly and provides a good customer experience from day one.

Under the programme, households can borrow between £6,000-£10,000 for upfront work on their home - paid back through their energy bill - with the loan staying with the house and not the individual or family.

The organisations, in alphabetical order, who have signed the agreement are:

  • Ampere GDP
  • Anglian Home Improvements
  • BritishEco
  • British Gas
  • CarbonLow Group
  • Carillion
  • Empower Community
  • Enact
  • E.ON
  • Gentoo Group
  • Grafton Group
  • Insta Group
  • Keepmoat
  • Kingfisher
  • Mark Group
  • ReEnergise Finance
  • SIG plc
  • SSE
  • Stroma
  • Toriga Energy
  • Willmott Dixon Energy Services
  • Yorkshire Energy Services

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