Green Deal figures for March show significant increase in assessments
Green Deal assessments lodged in March reached 7,465, up from 1,729 in February, according to the Governments latest figures.
A total of 9,268 Green Deal Assessments have been lodged since the scheme launched on 28 January 2013, up from 1,803 at end of February.
In addition to assessment figures, the Government announced that the £68.9m worth of contracts had been let through the ECO brokerage system, compared to £26.9m at end February.
The figures also showed that 108 Green Deal Assessor Organisations and the 1,003 Green Deal Advisors they employ had been accredited, up from 77 and 618 at end February respectively.
Commenting on the publication of the latest Green Deal statistics, Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: "It is clearly very early days but the latest figures on the Green Deal show that this new market is gathering real momentum. 9,268 Green Deal assessments taking place in just over two months is very encouraging and shows a genuine interest from consumers.
"Forty eight firms are now authorised as providers, with a further 831 registered to carry out installations and over a thousand individuals registered to offer assessments. Overall this is a really promising start for the Green Deal."
Policy and Campaigns Consultant at the UK Green Building Council, Richard Griffiths, said despite the encouraging increase in assessments, the real proof will be how many of these assessments are ‘converted’ into installations.
“Long-term incentives will be key to ensuring that there is continued demand for the Green Deal and not just an initial bubble.
“It is also positive to note that many of our members have anecdotally reported an increase in demand for retrofit related services outside of the Green Deal which is likely to have been spurred by the news coverage and advertising around the scheme.”
The scheme is still receiving criticism and last month a survey showed that nearly two-thirds of housing professionals had no plans to let their tenants use the Green Deal with many citing confusion surrounding the scheme as a main barrier.
According to the survey, only 36.6% of respondents planned to let tenants use the Government's flagship energy retrofitting scheme, compared with 21.4% who had no plans and 42% who were undecided.