Following on from recent posts regarding government renewable policies and public knowledge of it, it appears that again there are some misgivings this time from inside the industry providers itself that more clarification is needed. This is fundamentally based around the Green Deal and on two fronts, one on making the scheme more attractive to prospective homeowners and landlords and two to clarify what the applicant is actually entering in a more succinct way. There has been much conjecture in regards to the many facets of the green deal employs from golden rules, to survey to registered providers, installers and how they all link together.
This is in light of a recent survey of solar panels, wind and general contractors survey which only scored the scheme 2 out of five with the view of the majority of participants that more needs to be done based on the previously discussed issues. I t has been widely acknowledged within various building and renewable sectors that the Green Deal hasn’t been the golden ticket to cause a surge in efficient and green developments that was hoped. A large degree of the problems is the often from at the ground level with small SME installers who have to act as a make weight between the provider to ensure financing of projects when realistically they would like the process to be a whole lot more clearer. They would like to focus more on the actual project instead of the financial sell to the consumer.
It is these such financial conditions which many are saying lack favor with consumers as many other green and building contractors are able to offer financial deals which provide a better return than the governments own scheme. Thus the incentives on offer become a hard sell for a qualified assessor or installer to the consumer who has scoured the market for a better deal. Such situations has led to many more SME’s deciding not to take up the scheme and become qualified as they see conventional routes more prosperous without the expense that becoming a GDA or GD Installer entails.
The government has looked to curtail this to some extent with the reduction in stamp duty for applicants of green deal funding but the obvious point made is such incentives for the green deal should not only be applied to buyers, seller and landlords. The message is clear from contractors from solar PV, renewable heating and various other markets that the government needs to focus on the whole infrastructure and not just a small proportion to further boost the schemes effectiveness.
Berry continued: “As a financial package, the Green Deal just doesn’t stack up. There are many attractive high street alternatives out there, with loans and credit cards generally available at more competitive rates to fund both the lower and higher value types of eligible energy-efficiency project. Other government incentives such as the recently announced reduction in stamp duty for those taking up the Green Deal are also not inclusive.
Some previous related articles of interest:
What the future holds for Nuclear and Shale based energy
The government is looking to increse competition in the renewable sector
The possible changes to the EU renewable energy targets