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  • CTS Renewables announce Accredited Green Deal Installer status. (Mansfield, Nottinghamshire)

    06 January 2013 03:29

    CTS Renewables, is pleased to announce that we have been authorised by the Green Deal scheme as an accredited installer. CTS Renewables are now fully accredited by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to install Green Deal measures through a registered Green Deal Provider.

    The Green Deal is a government funded finance mechanism aimed at making our homes more energy efficient. For landlords and homeowners the Green Deal gives you the opportunity to install microgeneration and energy saving systems without any up-front investment, qualify for the Feed-in-Tariff/Renewable Heat Incentive and pay for the system through the savings made on energy bills.

    The ‘Golden Rule’ of the Green Deal is Estimated savings on bills will always equal or exceed the cost of the work. Therefore any suggested work made by the Green deal Assessor must make savings must be equal to or greater than the costs attached to the energy bill.

    Being a certified Green Deal installer, CTS Renewables can supply and fit: Biomass boilers, Solar Thermal, Solar PV, Ground and Air Source Heat Pumps and Wind Turbines for customers through Green Deal Finance . All these microgeneration systems qualify for either the Feed-in-Tariff or the Renewable Heat Incentive

  • DECC announces £125 million Green Deal cash back offer

    29 October 2012 03:17

    The Government has announced that it has set aside a budget of £125 million for its Green Deal cash back scheme in a bid to drive the uptake of the greener home initiative.
    Under the scheme, homeowners in England and Wales will be able to receive up to £1,000 in cash for any energy saving home improvements made under the Green Deal. However, today’s published rates are only guaranteed for the first £40 million of the budget.
    The Green Deal cash back scheme will be available from January 28, 2013 and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Households which make improvements such as loft insulation, solid wall insulation and replacement windows under the Green Deal will be able to qualify for the cash back scheme. The more improvements made, the more cash back the household can receive.
     Energy Secretary, Edward Davey, said: “The Green Deal will provide unprecedented choice for consumers wanting to improve their homes and make them more energy efficient. This cash back offer will help get the Green Deal off to a flying start. It really is a great offer – the more work households have done, the more energy they stand to save and the more cash

  • Energy efficiency is the answer to rising fuel bills

    10 September 2012 04:27

    Four of the Big Six UK energy providers are expected to increase energy prices by the end of this year after Scottish and Southern Electric (SSE) announced plans to increase domestic gas and electricity prices by an average of 9 percent from October 15. The price rise, set to affect 5 million electricity customers and 3.4 million gas customers, means SSE’s average standard dual-fuel bill will increase by more than £100 a year from £1,172 to £1,274. Rising bill payments are becoming an increasing concern for many UK consumers according to industry experts, especially with winter just around the corner and a recession underway. Yet Government believes it has an answer to the problem of rising fuel bills as it prepares to launch its flagship energy policy, the Green Deal, in October this year, coinciding with the UK’s largest solar dedicated event, Solar Power UK 2012. “The Green Deal will play a huge role in improving the energy efficiency of our homes and businesses, with ECO making sure that the most vulnerable homes benefit too,” explained Energy Secretary and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey. “I am determined to make sure that, in addition to creating

  • Solar and the Green Deal

    23 August 2012 03:55

    This article first appeared in Solar Business Focus UK. To read more articles on UK solar market developments subscribe today! October this year heralds the start of a possible game-changing Government initiative called the Green Deal. The Green Deal will open up the residential improvements market as never before by removing the need for householders to fund the cost of energy efficiency up front through the use of an innovative type of loan secured against the energy meter of a property, rather than the householders themselves, and is based on a principle known as the ‘Golden Rule’ that ensures the cost of financing the installed measures is less than the energy saved by their installation. This article will focus on why Government has developed this scheme and how will it will realistically affect the solar installation industry. Like much of the legislation coming out of the UK parliament, the origin of the Green Deal comes from Europe and you need to go back over a decade to the first Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) in December 2002 to see where this initiative originally kicked off. The EPBD was the first attempt at an EU-wide level to attempt

  • DECC approves £7m loan to The Green Deal Finance Company

    13 August 2012 03:51

    A £7m loan from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to The Green Deal Finance Company (TGDFC) has been agreed today, coinciding with the opening of the register for Green Deal Providers, Assessors and Installers.Green Deal Providers successful in the Green Deal authorisation process will be able to access finance through TGDFC, expected to be available early 2013. This will enable them to offer low cost finance packages to consumers upgrading their homes under the Green Deal, effective this October.All authorised Green Deal Providers, Assessors and Installers will have to display the new Green Deal Quality Mark to demonstrate they comply with the required Green Deal standards. This will be vital for protecting customers from any rogue traders. Only registered and authorised businesses will be able to use this mark.Government is using this milestone to showcase its commitment to working with the private sector to provide finance at a low but sustainable cost to Green Deal customers. The Green Deal is also being considered as an early candidate for the use of infrastructure guarantees, Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, announced today. Infrastructure guarantees will provide guarantees for major UK infrastructure projects, with the potential to

  • Local authorities required to publish energy efficiency plans

    02 August 2012 12:53

    Local authorities will have to publish a report on their plans to achieve improved energy efficiency in their area by March 31, 2013, according to new guidelines issued under the Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA).Government is turning to local authorities to drive energy efficiency awareness and help lower the nation’s energy consumption from a local level. The guidance will ask local authorities to identify the most practicable and cost-effective solutions to dramatically reduce energy wastage for all residential accommodation within the authority’s area.   The Department of Energy and Climate Change hopes that the upcoming Green Deal will help local authorities reach their targets by allowing residents to access a raft of energy efficiency measures at no upfront cost.Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: “Local authorities have a vital role to play in improving the energy efficiency of residential homes in their areas, and helping us meet our ambitious energy targets.“This new robust guidance will support and encourage all local authorities to realise the significant benefits of upgrading homes. The Green Deal will be a fantastic tool to help with this, and I look forward to hearing how local authorities are using it to enable people to save energy

  • Green Deal legislation passed by the House of Lords

    25 July 2012 08:51

    The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has revealed that the framework underpinning the Green Deal has been approved by the House of Lords, in keeping with the department’s stated October launch date.According to DECC: “In our consultation response, we confirmed Government’s intention to introduce the Green Deal through supporting a responsible and controlled approach with full national systems testing, this is to ensure the market has the opportunity to build steadily.”DECC has also confirmed that, from August 8, the Green Deal Oversight and Registration Body will begin registering assessors, providers and installers. The department will be publishing ‘Green Deal Provider Authorisation Guidance’ ahead of the registration process.Authorised and accredited Green Deal assessors will begin to operate from October this year, so that consumers will be able to complete a Green Deal Plan at the end of January 2013 – when DECC predicts the relevant parts of the framework regulations will come into effect.DECC continues: “Green Deal authorised installers will be able to complete work for consumers prior to the end of January if paid for upfront or wholly supported by the Energy Company Obligation. We expect the number of Green Deal offers available to build from there as

  • Green Deal receives final Parliamentary approvals

    18 June 2012 11:38

    Legislation for the Green Deal, the Coalition’s flagship environmental policy, has received final Parliamentary approvals. The ambitious environmental scheme hopes to dramatically reduce the UK’s total greenhouse emissions by tackling the nation’s inefficient housing stock which currently accounts for 43 percent of total UK emissions.The Green Deal programme will allow bill payers to undertake energy efficiency improvements at no extra cost. To fund the range of measures supported by the Green Deal loans will be taken out and repaid under the ‘Golden Rule’; the expected financial savings must be equal to or greater than the costs attached to the energy bill.The Guardian has revealed that Government is expecting loans taken out under the scheme to be charged at an interest rate of 7.5 percent. Responding to the news, Caroline Flint, Labour’s Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary, has called on Government to work harder to make the Green Deal fairer for consumers. Flint contests that repayment charges could end up more than doubling the cost of original energy efficiency measures. Labour calculates that, with an interest rate of 7.5 percent, a £10,000 Green Deal loan repaid over 25 years would see the consumer having to pay back £22,000 - more

  • SMEs will now gain fair access to the Green Deal

    18 June 2012 11:38

    Parity Projects is now in the final stages of launching a project designed to open up Government’s upcoming Green Deal to organisations of all sizes. The Green Deal Conduit will build a network of small and medium sized organisations involved in the assessment and refurbishment buildings throughout the UK. To date SMEs have voiced concerns that the scheme will only benefit larger companies.The initiative, which is expected to be owned by its members, is backed by a range of professional institutions and trade associations which combined represent almost 100,000 SME and micro businesses in the UK. These organisations will ensure their members have fair access to the Green Deal scheme without ending up at the tail end of the supply chain.Those involved include the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), National Federation of Builders (NFB), Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES), The Renewable Energy Sector, The Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA), Institute for Sustainability (IfS), Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and the British Institute for Interior Design (BIID).Russell Smith, Managing Director of Parity Projects said, “A strong presence for smaller companies in the energy-focussed refurbishment market is desirable for two

  • Gemserv appointed as Green Deal oversight body

    18 June 2012 11:37

    The Department of Energy and Climate Change has announced that multi service provider, Gemserv, will run the new Green Deal oversight body. The company will be responsible for the registration of assessors, installers and providers as well monitoring compliance with the Code of Practice.  The department said that: “Gemserv, with their partners REAL, has been chosen to provide these services on behalf of DECC for the next three years following an open competition. Both Germserv and REAL currently operate the MCS scheme for DECC so are well acquainted with the challenges and requirements involved in operating a scheme of this nature.”The service is set to start in August ahead of the planned introduction of the Green Deal later this year.Importantly, DECC has announced that there will no longer be any fees for assessors, installers and providers who wish to get involved in the scheme. The department will foot the bill for the registration and oversight service for the first two years of the energy efficiency scheme, with the intention of moving to a fee-based approach once the Green Deal has become established.Reacting to the news, Energy and Climate Change Minister, Greg Barker, said: “We need to make sure all the

  • Prepare for launch: DECC seeks to seal the Green Deal

    18 June 2012 11:29

    Following the consideration of more than 600 responses to the consultation on the Green Deal and ECO, Government has today set out secondary Green Deal legislation. The changes to the original proposals include measures to strengthen consumer protection, reduce industry burdens, and to implement the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) plans to cement the Green Deal and ECO rules by October this year, including, in legislation to be laid later this week, ensuring support worth around £1.3 billion a year to deliver energy efficiency and heating measures across Great Britain.Government’s aim is to increase the energy efficiency of residential and business buildings across the UK.Announcing the news the Energy Secretary and Climate Change Secretary, Edward Davey, said: “Today I have published the Government’s detailed plans along with legislation that will allow the industry to bring the Green Deal into existence. The Green Deal will play a huge role in improving the energy efficiency of our homes and businesses, with ECO making sure that the most vulnerable homes benefit too.“We have listened very carefully to what industry, consumer groups, and other organisations have told us. Broad support for a managed, tested and careful introduction of

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