Renewable energy expert Enevis has welcomed the launch of the Government’s Green Deal, which aims to help homeowners cut costs and carbon emissions.
The eco-friendly scheme, which provides UK property owners with funding to spend on a wide range of energy-saving improvements, began allocating long-term loans this week (Monday, January 28).
Energy- and money-saving measures covered by the Green Deal include renewable systems such as solar PV, solar thermal and heat pumps, as well as wall insulation and light fittings and controls.
With the combined support of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), an initiative funded by the big energy companies that focuses on helping those in disadvantaged and hard-to-treat homes to make improvements, it is hoped that the Green Deal will lead to energy efficiency improvements in 14 million homes across the UK.
Richard Jones, National Sales Manager at Dartford-based Enevis, part of the EneGroup of companies that specialise in a range of low carbon construction technologies, said: “We are very excited about the Green Deal as this scheme will provide thousands of homeowners across the UK with the funding required to reap the benefits of our energy-saving services.
“We here at EneGroup are in a fantastic position to install and manufacture a range of money-saving products offered in the Green Deal, from external wall finishes and renders to renewable energy solutions.
“There are great benefits to the homeowner as the varied improvements, which have no upfront costs, are bound by the Green Deal Golden Rule, which ensures that repayments will never outweigh the savings – providing a way out of fuel poverty and allowing them to save for the future.
“The Green Deal presents our country with a great opportunity to improve our housing stock, which features a high proportion of quite old and low standard properties, and also help us to achieve our climate change goals as set out by the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target.
“While there has been some criticism of the roll out of the Green Deal we feel the Government has taken a sensible, soft-launch approach. This is a long-term scheme that will create more than 60,000 jobs. The infrastructure needs to be put into place, which will take time. It’s not going to happen overnight.
“The long-term benefits of the Green Deal will be felt for many years to come.”
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