Green home upgrades to be rolled out through local authorities

Thousands of households are set for free green home improvements later this year through the Green Homes Grants Local Authority Delivery scheme.

On 23 March, it was announced that the government has allocated £74mn in funding to more than 100 local authorities for energy efficiency upgrades taking place by June 2021, as well as £126mn to 81 local authorities for improvements completed by September 2021. It has also awarded £300mn to England’s five Local Energy Hubs – North West, Yorkshire, Humber and the North East, the South East, Midlands and South West – which will be carrying out works until December 2021.

The upgrades are set to included solar PV and solar thermal, along with other technologies and building fabric upgrades. Solar PV and thermal technologies, in particular, could offer an attractive option to local authorities wanting to improve domestic energy efficiency in cost effective fashion with minimal intrusion, considering the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

In reaction, Solar Energy UK Chief Executive, Chris Hewett, said: “The fact that some social housing will be getting solar power and solar heat installations because of this scheme is especially good news. It shows that integration of low-carbon technologies is critical to any retrofitting programme and government support is still needed to reduce fuel poverty. £500 million well spent, but we are going to need a lot more to boost job creation and the green economic recovery.”