Thursday, 6 March 2014

Cambridgeshire Councils Win Funding To Help Make Homes More Energy Efficient

Cambridgeshire Councils have been awarded over £5.67m Green Deal Communities funding by the Department of Energy and Climate Change to help residents install insulation improvements to older and non-standard properties in the owner occupied and rental sectors.

The consortium bid is one of six successful bids announced this week which was led by Cambridge City Council on behalf of Cambridgeshire County Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council, Fenland District Council, Huntingdonshire District Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council. The funding will provide grants to householders to significantly reduce the cost of insulating solid wall, steel framed properties and park homes. The scheme will be delivered by local councils working in partnership with community partners and Green Deal providers to promote the scheme through a street by street process in targeted areas. The areas identified will focus on the private rented sector, off gas households and conservation areas across Cambridgeshire.

Typically older properties and non-standard properties have been considered more expensive to insulate, however this funding will provide an opportunity for residents to make improvements at a greatly reduced rate.

Residents will still be required to make a contribution. However they can take advantage of Green Deal Finance so that no up-front costs will be incurred. Green Deal Finance provides the householder with a loan to cover the householder contribution which is paid back through the savings generated from having the insulation and any other energy saving measures installed. All other costs to have the insulation installed will be funded through existing Government funding streams and the Green Deal Communities fund.

Cambridge City Council Leader, Tim Bick said “This is a fantastic opportunity for residents in Cambridgeshire to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. This is the first time significant financial help for insulating older properties has been made available, and in conjunction with the Green Deal, it provides the opportunity for residents to insulate their properties at no up-front cost. The funding will also help to establish a long term legacy for energy efficiency in Cambridgeshire through the development of the energy efficiency sector.”

The Cambridgeshire consortium has also been successful in securing £100,000 of funding to support the local supply chain. This funding will provide training and accreditation to allow local companies to play a key role in the delivery of the Green Deal Communities fund in Cambridgeshire.

Cambridgeshire residents who would like to pre-register their interest in the funding are asked to contact Action on Energy on 0800 093 33 03. Further details on the scheme will be announced in shortly.