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The Government ring-fenced £500m in August 2020 for local authorities in England as part of the Green Homes Grant.
Councils can apply for funding to form energy efficiency retrofit schemes that offer the following measures:
Scheme can be open to homeowners and private renters, however landlords must contribute one third of the costs.
The scheme has evolved over several phases
Phase 1A - £74m of funding was allocated to 55 LA projects in 2020.
Phase 1B - £126m to 81 LA projects in Jan 2021.
Phase 2 - £300m of funding distributed via five Local Energy Hubs in the 2021/22 financial year
Phase 3 - £200m will be made available for new projects with details yet to be announced.
Installers operating under schemes must ensure they are working to the processes of PAS 2035 and TrustMark.
They must complete extra steps through retrofit coordinators which will consider a retrofit strategy for the full property.
This will result in additional costs and pressure to fulfil requirements within budgets and in given timescales of the individual phases.
The new regulation also require additional ventilation requirements to tackle damp and other related problems.
Councils interested in LAD funding should consider procurement ahead of an application.
Consider whether existing partnerships and frameworks can be utilised for advice and delivery.
Trusted support partners on frameworks are crucial to delivering schemes to the reporting and quality levels required.
If you need to start from scratch, be aware of tight timelines and demanding requirements.
DPS procurement routes are recommended.
LAD schemes demand monthly reporting on the following:
BEIS often run Q&A sessions to provide additional support on reporting.
BEIS aim to learn lessons to guide the future of energy efficiency retrofit funding.
Interviews and market assessment surveys will be led by evaluation contractors appointed by BEIS.
Local authorities and leading delivery partners will be required to participate.
North Lincolnshire Council is providing fully funded EWI to residents on low incomes through a LAD Phase 1 scheme.
The council partnered with YES Energy Solutions to win funding and manage the install of EWI to 53 properties in phase 1A.
Initial success led the project to win additional funding in phase 1B, expanding capacity to 150 of some of the most inefficient property types including park homes and system built houses.
YES had the knowledge and infrastructure to support the bidding process.
The scheme focussed on Park Homes due to their inefficiencies, low income residents and close knit communities.
Phase 1A has been completed, with the scheme's second phase due to be completed by September 2021.
YES Energy Solutions are currently acting as customer journey support partners for the Midlands Energy Hub, assisting Lincolnshire and Leicestershire councils with a number of services.
We have been involved with LAD from the start, helping North Lincolnshire council and Bromsgrove and Redditch Councils access funding in phase 1 of the scheme.
Get in touch to find out more about YES' involvement in LAD.
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