Renewable energy may be included in the Green Deal
Posted by Cathy Debenham on 7 June 2011 at 9:08 am
The Green Deal is expected to offer loans of up to £10,000 over a period of up to 25 years. To qualify for a loan, improvements must meet the golden rule - that repayments can be made out of the savings on energy that result from the work done. The scheme is expected to start in October 2012.
The improvements being considered by government for inclusion in the Green Deal are:
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning
Heat recovery systems
Flue gas recovery devices
Cavity wall insulation
Flat roof insulation
Internal wall insulation
External wall insulation
Heating system insulation (cylinder, pipes)
Energy efficient glazing and doors
Innovative hot water systems
Water efficient taps and showers
Ground and air source heat pumps
Solar thermal (hot water)
Solar PV (electricity)
However, these are for discussion, and DECC is gathering evidence of installation costs, lifetime and performance for the measures on the list.
Inclusion of microgeneration in the provisional list has been widely welcomed. However, given the significant upfront cost of microgeneration technologies, there is some concern as to whether any of them will meet the golden rule in the near future.
Some more expensive improvements, such as solid wall insulation will be eligible for additional upfront subsidy under a new Energy Company Obligation. Alternatively householders can choose to pay a top-up to bring the repayments down to meet the golden rule.
The Energy Company Obligation will also help vulnerable households, and those on lower incomes, who often underheat their homes, and so will see much smaller, or no, energy savings as a result of improvements.
The government also announced the measures that it is taking to protect consumers. The first principle is the Green Deal providers are responsible for looking after their customers throughout the 25 year lifetime of a Green Deal Plan. Providers will have to be accredited under a scheme administered by UKAS, and must adhere to a Green Deal Code. The British Standards Institute is responsible for developing a Publicly Available Specification for the retrofitting of energy efficiency measures in domestic and non-domestic buildings.
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