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Firm named to deliver £2.6 million energy-saving scheme

Firm named to deliver £2.6 million energy-saving scheme

🕔08.Oct 2012

Carillion Energy Services has been named as the preferred bidder for an ambitious scheme to end fuel poverty among thousands of low income Birmingham households.

The firm is set to be the city council’s private sector partner delivering the Birmingham Energy Savers scheme, which is backed by £2.6 million of Government funding.

Some 60,000 homes stand to benefit from improvements including insulation and new boilers by 2020, and will see their energy bills drop by up to £300 a year.

Homes where the estimated saving on bills equals or exceeds the cost of the improvement work will qualify.

Payment for the improvements is recovered in instalments through energy bills.

The scheme, one of the largest in the country, will make Birmingham a “cleaner and greener” place to live and work in, according to cabinet member James McKay.

Coun McKay (Lab Harborne) said: “This decision represents a major milestone in Birmingham’s green ambitions, and demonstrates that the social justice and environmental agendas go hand-in-hand with each other.

“It will reduce energy bills for citizens by up to £300 per year – taking up to 40,000 people out of fuel poverty by 2015 – create jobs in the technology supply chain and ensure that there are less carbon emissions from the city.

“Fuel poverty affects an estimated 27 per cent of households in Birmingham. This programme can make a huge difference, and should deliver even greater support to hard-pressed families and businesses.”

Carillion Energy Services managing director Nigel Taylor said: “The strength of our bid is in how we will work with communities, our supply chain, small businesses and social enterprises such as Groundwork to deliver a very local solution which leaves as much economic and social value as possible in Birmingham.

“It is against this backdrop that we have committed to create and sustain at least 360 jobs through our own investment and skills training – and to generate many more employment opportunities by encouraging our business partners to invest locally in a range of new green energy facilities.”

The initiative won praise from Energy Minister Greg Barker, who said: “The Green Deal will be a vital tool in helping the city reach its ambitious targets, allowing people to get energy efficient upgrades to their home and save money in the process.”

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