Green Deal ‘just getting started’ with 36 customers signed up
The Government's Green Deal scheme had signed 36 customers at the end of June, up from the four households recorded last month.
DECC’s figures show there were 306 Green Deal Plans in the system for individual properties at the end of June, compared to 100 at the end of May.
Of these, 270 were ‘new’ Green Deal Plans and 36 were ‘pending’, which is when a Green Deal Plan has been signed by the customer, progress is being made to install measures and the Plan is being finalised so that charging can start.
The statistics also showed that 44,479 Green Deal Assessments were lodged up to the end of June, up from 30,962 at end of May, with 13,517 in June alone, compared to 12,146 in May.
In addition, £145m worth of contracts had been let through ECO brokerage, compared to £120m at the end of May.
Defending the scheme, climate change minister Greg Barker said: “We must remember that the Green Deal is an ambitious long-term programme that’s only just getting started. More finance providers are becoming active in the market though this will take time.
“I expect the number of plans to start increasing and nearly 45,000 assessments in just over six months really underlines that people are aspiring to make their homes more energy efficient ahead of autumn and winter.”
Software and legal issues were reported as the reason behind the poor uptake in energy efficiency work via the scheme, while others have raised concerns over the scheme reaching the Government’s estimates of 10,000 Green Deal plans in 2013.