New CSE Scheme Tests Green Deal

24th July, 2012

Residents in South Somerset can now follow in the footsteps of their neighbours in Somerset West, after the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) launched a new scheme in the area to make their homes more comfortable and cheaper to heat at no upfront cost. The new South Somerset Home Energy scheme, like the Somerset West one, is offering people the chance to access funding to install solid wall insulation in their property. Grants will be available to pay for the work however, where these don't cover the full cost CSE is offering an innovative pay-as-you-save scheme which will mean residents won't have to pay anything upfront.

The scheme is an Energy Company Obligation (ECO) pilot to test many of the principles behind the forthcoming Green Deal which the Government is planning to introduce later this year.

CSE's Head of Household Energy Services, Phillip Morris, explains why the project could be very revealing:"Just like Somerset West Home Energy, this pilot will offer valuable insights into managing a local ECO Green Deal scheme from building relationships with local installers and marketing the scheme through to managing the customer journey. In this respect, guiding more vulnerable households through the process will be a particularly important focus."

The project is in partnership with Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) and South Somerset District Council.

For more information visit: www.cse.org.uk/news/view/1664

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