Bristol has been selected as one of seven English cities to recieved a share of £12 million to kick start the Green Deal.
The city of Bristol, alongside Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield – have put forward ambitious proposals to lower their carbon emissions and this new funding will support their plans to test key elements of the Green Deal.
The Green Deal itself aim to help people pay for home improvements like insulation through savings on their energy bills.
Energy Secretary Edward Davey said:
“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.
“This funding will help them get up and running, and I look forward to seeing a number of properties across whole communities get the energy efficient improvements they need.”
Kieran Highman of Bristol City Council gave an exclusive insight to participants of the Bristol Community Energy Forum on 15th September. He announced that Bristol would be recieving £2 million from this fund to be spent on home energy improvements between October 2012 and March 2013. It is hoped that this funding will lead to 750 home assessments and 550 delivered home improvements.
The likely measures that will be installed under this programme include: cavity wall insulation, solid wall insulation, new energy efficient Boilers and loft and floor insultation.
This new funding will be a key opportunity to test elements of the Green Deal framework like assessment and installation, and provide early feedback. The proposals received include retrofitting properties across whole communities and initial indications suggest that the cities expect to deliver to around 2,500 retrofits to households and non-domestic properties.
All of the cities are also proposing to generate match funding and/or provide direct support themselves.
This work will support future Green Deal activity in these cities, raise awareness of the Green Deal significantly through community engagement and show homes, and provide support to local supply chains including trained Green Deal advisors and registered installers.