Baxi has welcomed the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, but has expressed its disappointment that installers wanting to get involved with the scheme will continue to face red tape and cost.
From June, people wanting to make energy efficient improvements to their homes in England and Wales will be able to get up to £7600 back through the GDHID. However, improvements will need to be carried out by a Green Deal/PAS 2030 registered installer.
Baxi’s managing director Paul Hardy said that although the new scheme is welcome news for the industry, he believes the PAS 2030 registration required to become a Green Deal installer is likely to discourage some installers from getting involved.
He said: “The Government believes the new scheme will open up the market for smaller businesses in the energy efficiency sector. However, the high start-up costs involved with Green Deal in general have excluded many SMEs, and it is believed this has had an impact on its success.
“It is of course completely understandable that the Government wants authorised installers to carry out Green Deal Home Improvement Fund work, but there are other, less costly, less complicated ways for installers’ competence and professionalism to be demonstrated. We hope that we can work with government to make the scheme more accessible to installers – we must remember that they are the ones speaking to homeowners on a regular basis and have the potential to make the initiative a real success.
“That said, the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund should still have a positive effect on the heating market, as, at the very least, it will create even more awareness about the financial and environmental benefits of upgrading heating systems. This will naturally generate new business leads for installers, whether a customer plans to use Green Deal schemes or not.
“We support installers who want to get involved with Green Deal by offering competitively priced courses and accreditation. We have partnered with CarbonLow, a Green Deal finance provider, as well as training provider Easy Green Deal and the certification body Stroma.”