Green fund re-launch sees £24m spent in 24 hours, despite IT teething problems on the morning of the launch.
Just one day into round two of the green deal home improvement fund (GDHIF) the £24 million pot allocated for solid wall insulation was all used up!
The latest phase of the GDHIF, which closed abruptly in the summer following a rush for vouchers, opened on 10th December with 330 million available.
This allowed for up to £24 million for solid wall insulation and up to £6 million for two measures from a list of home improvements available under the scheme.
This was all despite technical problems with the government’s website, which delayed the original launch. The intended opening time for applications (9am on the 10th Dec) was delayed by a glitch.
The Green Deal Home improvement fund has proved to be incredibly popular, helping thousands keep their homes warm while keeping the bills down. More than three quarters of a million homes have already had energy saving improvements installed as a result of the Energy Company Obligation and green deal.
Although the fund for solid wall insulation is now fully allocated, there is still money available for a range of other measures and there is expected to be another release of funding in February.
The funds are part of a £100 million pot the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has earmarked for energy efficiency measures, promising further releases on a quarterly basis.
One change to the application process is that householders must get a quote for the work from a GDHIF registered installer or provider. They’ll also need a Green Deal Advice Report or Energy Performance Certificate that is less than two years old and, for landlords, proof of property ownership.
With solid wall insulation applications closed on the 11th of December 2014, domestic energy customers could still receive:
- Up to £1,000 for installing two measures from an approved list
- Up to £100 refunded for their Green Deal assessment if that recommends the measures applied for
- Up to £500 more if applying within 12 months of buying a new home
Trade body APHC had welcomed the re-launched GDHIF, but warned the government should consult more to avoid losing installers’ confidence in such schemes.
They believe that the transient nature of the fund makes it difficult for Installers, particularly Small business, to depend on.
“What we would like to see is greater emphasis put on consultation with sole traders and SMEs, who can be left feeling uncertain when funds are so swiftly closed and revised.”
The Heating and Hot water Industry Council (HHIC) said the government should be applauded for continuing to support home energy efficiency measures. However, director Roger Webb claimed the limited extra money allocated for the current financial year would not have a great impact, and called for increased funding.
UKLPG said the exclusion of LPG from the list of eligible measures was a missed opportunity to drive up household energy efficiency in off-grid rural communities.
The manufacturers Association of Radiators and Convectors said the GDHIF was coming up short by ignoring the opportunity for cost-savings from replacing old radiators.
The list of applicable measures no longer includes flue gas heat recovery.