As October approaches, I thought it would be a good time to fill you in on latest developments of what is happening with Green Deal.
The pilot project is due to start in October and 22 Green Deal providers have been chosen. In case you can’t remember what a Green Deal provider is, its basically a company with a lot of cash (sadly not BEC!) who will pay for your installation up front and then you repay over time at the same rate at which you are saving energy.
During the consultancy period, the main worry from most, particularly small businesses like BEC, was that it would just be used as an opportunity by big energy companies like E-ON, British Gas etc. to dominate the installation market. Although there may be sub-contracting possibilities for little guys like me, its not really how we like to work if we can avoid it.
Well, by and large these fears seem to have been realised, as will be seen from a cursory glance at the Green Deal providers list: http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/pn12_042/pn12_042.aspx
BEC has been in touch with every provider and predictably, the ones who have got back with a coherent response (and not just an auto-reply) are the smaller companies.
If you are thinking of going Green Deal then, here is BEC’s advise: do not go with a large company for your provider! They will charge a large fee for their services and will cut the profit of the small tradesman to a minimum.
Of all the requests for information that I sent, by far the best response so far was from Grafton Group. I’m not saying they’ll definitely be the best Green Deal provider but their accessibility so far has been encouraging.
I’ll keep you up to date with developments…