Building firms named as first Green Deal pioneers – list

Aaron Morby 12 years ago
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Willmott Dixon, Carillion and a grouping of 80 installers are among the 22 firms named to trailblaze the Government’s flagship scheme to improve energy efficiency in homes and offices.

Climate Change Minister Greg Barker this afternoon confirmed a wide range of organisations from major energy companies to installers and financiers have signed an agreement to provide energy efficiency services under the Green Deal programme.

The Government will now work with the firms to ensure the move from testing into a managed launch in October works seamlessly.

Siobonne Brewster, director of Carillion Energy Services said: “We are delighted to be among the early signatories.

“Green Deal is a pioneering initiative which is set to transform the take-up of insulation, other energy efficiency measures and renewable technologies and to make the benefits of low carbon living and reduced energy costs affordable and accessible to millions of households and businesses.”

Rob Lambe, Managing Director, Willmott Dixon Energy Services described it as “a great business opportunity.”

    22 Green Deal providers

  • Ampere GDP
  • Anglian Home Improvements
  • BritishEco
  • British Gas
  • CarbonLow Group
  • Carillion
  • Empower Community
  • Enact
  • E.ON
  • Gentoo Group
  • Grafton Group
  • Insta Group
  • Keepmoat
  • Kingfisher Future Homes
  • Mark Group
  • ReEnergise Finance
  • SIG plc
  • SSE
  • Stroma
  • Toriga Energy
  • Willmott Dixon Energy Services
  • Yorkshire Energy Services

David Robson, Director, InstaGroup said: “For over a decade Insta’s Snug Network, 80 independent local businesses, have provided a complete range of energy efficiency improvements in their individual local communities.

“The Snug Network ensures customers receive the highest standards of workmanship, backed up with industry leading guarantees and warranties, but delivered by small, local businesses.

“As a Green Deal provider, we will ensure that the SME sector has strong representation without the need to compromise the all important consumer protection that lies at the heart of a successful Green Deal.”

Barker said: “The signing of this agreement between government and business pioneers represents a watershed moment in the development of the Green Deal.

“The commitment shown today highlights the opportunity organisations see in the Green Deal from community groups, SMEs to big business which only bodes well for the scheme’s future success.

“We will be working with these organisations to ensure they can fulfil the potential they have demonstrated today and become the first to offer Green Deals.”

Ian Sutcliffe, CEO, Keepmoat said: As a national provider of housing solutions and having already delivered Green Deal fundable works to over 250,000 homes, we’re well placed to deliver the Green Deal with our partners.”

Richard Burnley, Managing Director Special Markets, SIG plc said: “While there is still work to be done, we are very pleased to be signing this agreement and taking the next step on the road to achieving energy efficiency in our homes.”

Details of the companies:
  • Ampere GDP – Ampere GDP will offer the full Green Deal Provider Service, from EPC surveys, finance, through to installation. The customer will be allocated a Project Manager when they first enquire and they will guide the customer to completion of the Green Deal.
  • Anglian Home Improvements – Anglian Home Improvements is the UK’s leading home improvements company with more than 45 years’ experience in the replacement window and door sector. With an annual turnover of £210 million Anglian manufactures the majority its products at its Norwich HQ which are then sold and installed via a network of showrooms and installation facilities across the country. Anglian is committed to providing customers with the most energy efficient products on the market and has a robust policy for sustainable manufacturing and the safe and responsible recycling of all waste materials.
  • BritishEco – BritishEco is an installer of renewable energy solutions to homes, business and the public sector. It will be a Green Deal Provider expanding its current range of product offerings. It will be linking up with a Green Deal Finance provider to offer finance at competitive terms.
  • British Gas – British Gas is Britain’s biggest energy supplier serving around 10 million homes. British Gas is also one of the UK’s largest installers of energy efficiency products and last year installed over 400,000 insulation measures in its customers’ homes helping them save energy and save money.
  • CarbonLow Group – CarbonLow Group is an East Midlands based company with an energy performance in buildings background and with particular expertise in the commercial sector. Its business model is to be a one-stop Green Deal Provider with in-house energy assessment and advice, and a sub-contracted supply chain. It is looking to advise commercial landlords and tenants of the benefits of upgrading their properties to make them more energy efficient and cheaper to run with very little upfront cost.
  • Carillion – Carillion Energy Services (CES) is a leading independent energy services provider and has a successful track record built up over more than 20 years of developing, managing and delivering commercial and residential energy efficiency improvements at scale. It is at the forefront of the low carbon economy and ideally placed to become a key Green Deal provider. As the energy services division of Carillion, CES is part of a multi-billion pound integrated support services company with extensive capabilities in construction and infrastructure projects. The Group employs around 45,000 people and operates across the UK, in the Middle East and Canada.
  • Empower Community – The purpose of Empower Community is to accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy by providing access to much-needed capital for community renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. It is designed to create a virtuous cycle of resource allocation for social and environmental benefit that encourages large-scale community participation, ownership and responsibility. While grass-roots, action-oriented responses to climate change continue to grow exponentially, the current limited access to finance is hampering the wholesale development and implementation of distributed energy solutions at anything like the scale or speed required. Designed by social enterprise – The
  • Omni Group (OMNI) – Empower Community is a rapidly scalable funding mechanism that balances the interests of all stakeholders by providing a high quality investment opportunity with attractive returns, reinvesting profits in further community projects and facilitating a community share in revenues and ultimate community ownership of assets.
  • Enact – Enact is a sales and management business providing renewable energy and energy saving services to a principally domestic market. Enact provides this service under its own brand name and also as a home services provider to the customers of Marks and Spencer and Tesco. Since setting up in 1996 Enact has been responsible for providing services into more than 400,000 homes comprising a mixture of loft and cavity wall insulation, solar photovoltaic (solar electricity) and thermal (solar hot water) systems and more recently boiler replacements and heating system upgrades. Enact operates out of a base in Cornwall where it runs a call centre and back office operations and contracts for the actual installation of systems to a national network of installers covering the different technologies.
  • E.ON – Over the coming weeks and months E.ON will continue to support the Green Deal, both through its role as a provider and as a partner in The Green Deal Finance Company, by implementing the learnings gained through Green Deal trials into full blown customer offers and bundles in October. For a number years now E.ON has been encouraging customers to use less – and lose less – energy. Through its Energy Fit campaign it has been tackling the big questions and providing customers with ways to better understand and reduce their energy consumption.E.ON has been working with partners in local government, social housing and charities like AGE UK and the RNIB to make sure that their members are aware of the offers and support available. For E.ON, the Green Deal can be seen as an additional incentive in offering energy efficiency measures to customers.
  • Gentoo Group – Gentoo is a people, planet and property business. As well as being a Social Landlord responsible for 27500 homes in the North East, it has a construction division with an energy efficient retrofit portfolio that includes MCS qualified Solar PV installers. It has experience operating large scale retrofit programmes, the latest project is a 1500 home Green Deal style Energy Saving Bundle scheme on its own housing stock. It intends to build on its existing service provision to become a Green Deal Provider and is confident in its ability to play a major part in the success of the initiative.
  • Grafton Group – Grafton is a builders’ and plumbers’ merchants business whose principal brands include Plumbase, Buildbase, Selco and Jackson Building Centres, with a network of branches across the UK.
  • Insta Group – Insta Group is a leading system designer for insulation, incorporating cavity wall, external and internal wall as well as loft insulation. Insta also operate the Snug Network, the UK’s largest insulation installer network.
  • Keepmoat – Keepmoat is a national market leader in community regeneration and social housing solutions.
  • Kingfisher – Kingfisher is the leading home improvement retail group in Europe and Asia, operating over 950 stores in eight countries. Its consumer brand, B&Q is the market leader in the UK with 358 stores, employing over 30,000 people and serving over 7 million customers per week. Its trade brand, Screwfix has over 2.5 million SME customers in the plumbing, electrical, heating and insulation industries.
  • Mark Group – Mark Group is an international company which began insulating homes back in 1974. Today the Group helps over 7,000 homes become more energy efficient every week from 28 worldwide locations. Its services are tailored for individual home-owners, as well as builders, architects, local authorities, government bodies and commercial developers. Grants are available to many home-owners and Mark Group’s dedicated team of surveyors and installers provide expert advice, service and customer care in helping home-owners access funds.
  • ReEnergise Finance – ReEnergise Finance is a local SME business based in the South East, providing advice, project management and finance for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Under the Green Deal its plan is to create a regional supplier of finance and project management infrastructure to support businesses, public sector organisations and charities in their own Green Deal delivery strategies.
  • SIG plc – SIG plc is one of Europe’s leading suppliers of specialist construction materials, including insulation, exterior and interior products. SIG Energy Management, part of SIG plc, is a leading provider of energy management solutions, from energy use assessment and analysis through to installation of energy efficiency and generation products. Together, with SIG plc as an official Green Deal Provider and SIG Energy Management as an Assessor and Installer, the group will provide a one-stop-shop solution for Green Deal projects, working with private owners, social landlords and commercial partners.
  • SSE – SSE plc is one of the UK’s leading energy companies, involved in the generation, distribution and supply of electricity and in the extraction, storage, distribution and supply of gas. Its core purpose is to provide the energy people need in a reliable and sustainable way. It supplies energy to over 10 million energy and home services customers throughout Great Britain and Ireland, is frequently ranked number one for customer satisfaction (by uSwitch.com, Institute of Customer Service, Consumer Focus) and is the UK’s leading generator of electricity from renewable sources.
  • Stroma – Stroma Technology is a sustainability consultancy that takes a coordinated approach to energy reduction and compliance across the residential, commercial and public sectors. Its sister company, Stroma Certification, is already actively participating in the pilot accreditation project for certification of Green Deal Installers (GDI) and Green Deal Advisors (GDA); therefore, with its existing in-house IT and software development capabilities, Stroma is ideally-placed to develop and refine the systems necessary to operate and administer a Green Deal Provider scheme. Stroma and its Green Deal Provider partners will be able to offer impartial routes for certified Green Deal Advisors and Installers to participate within the Green Deal, particularly serving the SME sector. It will also offer an integral software, training and certification service for other Green Deal Providers. It believes its Green Deal offering will deliver a smooth operational process at all stages of the Green Deal Plan.
  • Toriga Energy – Toriga Energy is a startup business dedicated to delivering the Green Deal. By combining the knowledge and expertise of Industry Experts coupled with the innovative use of technology, it has developed an end to end Supply Chain solution that will deliver effective and efficient Green Deal Plans to the consumer.
  • Willmott Dixon Energy Services – Willmott Dixon Energy Services is part of a £1bn privately owned construction company with a strong track record in home and commercial repairs / planned works. It intends to provide Green Deal low energy retrofits in partnership with Registered Providers and Local Authorities to both social and private householders and commercial clients.
  • Yorkshire Energy Services – Yorkshire Energy Services is a Community Interest Company that is committed to reducing environmental impact and alleviating fuel poverty, recycling profits made back into community schemes to continue to save energy and help residents tackle rising fuel bills. Established in 2000, the company has grown from 4 employers to a well established SME of over 50 staff, winning contracts to deliver area based home insulation schemes on behalf of Hampshire County Council, Leeds City Council, Wakefield Low Carbon Communities, the award winning Kirklees Warm Zone and a pioneering loan for householders to invest in microgeneration within Kirklees (prior to the Feed in Tariff), Kirklees Re-Charge.

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