22 organisations have met with Climate Change Minister Greg Barker, to sign an agreement to work to become the UK’s first Green Deal providers – the Green Deal is the government’s plan to improve and implement practical energy saving measures and domestic renewable energy investment.
The organisations who signed up to the agreement with DECC include big business, SMEs and a community groups. Green Deal providers will be offering energy efficiency packages to consumers when the scheme launches later in 2012. The Government will be working with the the 22 companies to ensure the move from testing into a managed launch in October this year works seamlessly and provides the required customer experience from day one.
The list of the 22 organisations who have signed the agreement are as follows:
- Ampere GDP
- Anglian Home Improvements
- British Gas
- CarbonLow Group
- Empower Community
- Enact Energy
- Gentoo Group
- Grafton Group
- Insta Group
- Mark Group
- ReEnergise Finance
- SIG plc
- Toriga Energy
- Willmott Dixon Energy Services
- Yorkshire Energy Services
Two of the 22 companies are based here in the North East – Carillion Energy Servcies and the Gentoo Group.
Carillion Energy Services (CES) is a leading independent energy services provider and has a successful track record built up over more than 20 years of developing, managing and delivering commercial and residential energy efficiency improvements at scale. It is at the forefront of the low carbon economy and ideally placed to become a key Green Deal provider. As the energy services division of Carillion, CES is part of a multi-billion pound integrated support services company with extensive capabilities in construction and infrastructure projects. The Group employs around 45,000 people and operates across the UK, in the Middle East and Canada.
The Gentoo Group is a people, planet and property business. As well as being a Social Landlord responsible for 27,500 homes in the North East, it has a construction division with an energy efficient retrofit portfolio that includes MCS qualified Solar PV installers. It has experience operating large scale retrofit programmes, the latest project is a 1500 home Green Deal style Energy Saving Bundle scheme on its own housing stock. It intends to build on its existing service provision to become a Green Deal Provider and is confident in its ability to play a major part in the success of the initiative.