Learning from Green Deal Communities
10 March 2017
DECC announced the Green Deal Communities funding scheme in 2013. The purpose of this £80m pot was to encourage new approaches in delivering Green Deal plans. Local authorities were given a high degree of flexibility on how to deliver on this aim but were encouraged to focus on a “street-by-street” approach.
The project was initially designed to run for one year, but was extended a number of times and eventually closed in October 2016, with 24 local authorities benefiting from the funding in total. CSE became involved with Green Deal Communities through its partnership with Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Energy at Home scheme.
At the project closure, we organised a review event for the local authorities involved, (as well as a number of delivery partners and Ofgem) in partnership with National Energy Foundation and with support from Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The purpose of this event was to share feedback and lessons from the scheme.
The event resulted in a report, Learnings from Green Deal Communities, which sets out a number of recommendations on the design and management of future similar projects. These recommendations range from establishing a clear system for evaluating projects, to providing customer focused service on installations.