Social landlord explores Green Deal provider status
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Another social landlord explores Green Deal provider status
Another social landlord is exploring registering as a provider under the Government's Green Deal.
The 17,000-home Aster Group - which is currently in merger talks with 9,000-home Synergy Housing - said it's exploring Green Deal provider status for its property maintenance business.
The company is carrying out a feasibility study to decide whether to sign up for the £multi-billion scheme, managed by the Department for Energy and Climate Change, which is due to launch in the autumn.
Under the Green Deal, households will be able to make their homes more energy-efficient, with work being carried out free of charge by registered green deal providers. The cost of the improvement works will then be recovered through savings created on the property’s energy bills.
In addition to Aster Group, Green Deal provider status has attracted the likes of North-east based social landlord Gentoo and North Somerset-based Alliance Homes. Birmingham and Newcaslte City Council are also set to launch their own Green Deal schemes come October.
David Greensmith, renewable energy manager for Aster Property, said: “One of our top priorities is to ensure all customers have the opportunity to benefit from the very latest energy-efficient technology.
“We already specialise in offering customers renewable energy solutions which reduce their electricity, heating and hot water costs, so we are ideally placed to become a Green Deal provider.
“As a registered provider, we would be in a stronger position to ensure our customers’ homes are equipped with a range of energy measures, which will help them to make significant savings on their energy bills.
“We’re currently undertaking an extensive study to determine whether we want to proceed with this. We’ll also be carrying out consultation with customers to gain their views and hope to make a final decision in late August.”