Tradespeople can apply for training in home energy retrofitting and low carbon heat insulation to help acquire the required accreditations for work under the Green Homes Grant.
Local Authorities in the North West of England that have been successful in applying for LAD Phase 1 funding include
- Warrington, working in consortium with Cheshire East & Cheshire West
- Greater Manchester Councils working In Consortium
- Eden District Council
Green Home Grants were announced in the Emergency Budget in July 2020. They are part of efforts to support the economy in response to the COVID pandemic. £2Billion is being made available for energy measures to upgrade of homes in England. Green Home Grants are being disbursed through two channels:
£1.5Billion via the national Green Home Grant Voucher Scheme. Please follow the link for guidance. Vouchers will cover two-thirds of the cost of eligible improvements, up to a maximum government contribution of £5,000. Only certain types of home energy improvement are eligible, and some secondary measures are only fundable if a primary measure is also installed. Low income households can receive up to £10k.
£0.5Billion via GHG Local Authority Delivery. Some local authorities in the North West have applied to Government to deliver GHG through an initial funding round, and others may do so in due course.
The Local Energy North West Hub has a role in Local Authority Delivery from March 2021, which is described in the national guidance.
Local Authority Delivery has been established as a funding route for Green Home Grants so that Local Authorities can target vulnerable households on low incomes, and contribute to national fuel poverty strategy.
Households with incomes of less than £30k per annum are eligible for the funding before housing costs, or £20k after housing costs. The GHG LAD scheme has more flexibility in respect of eligible measures than the voucher scheme. Not all households must accept primary measures in order to receive a grant.
Installers of Energy Measures
In order to install measures under Green Home Grant and receive payments, installers must have appropriate certification. Details of certification requirements can be found in government guidance for different schemes.
Installers who are certified and registered to provide Green Home Grant Vouchers can be found here: https://www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk/installer-search
For energy generation measures, MCS, the Microgeneration Certification Scheme is the certification route for installers. https://mcscertified.com/
TrustMark is the Government Endorsed Quality Scheme covering work a consumer chooses to have carried out in or around their home. https://www.trustmark.org.uk/
PAS 2030 is a publicly available specification for installers of energy efficiency measures. Installers eligible to provide relevant energy efficiency measures for the GHG must have PAS certification.
NOTE: PAS 2030 is in transition between PAS 2030 (2017) installation standards and PAS 2030 (2019) design standards. The newer standards will be in force for from June 2016. Information relating to this transition can be found here:- https://www.ukas.com/news/ukas-pas-2030-green-homes-communication-to-certification-bodies-change-in-beis-transition-policy/