The UK government has issued tough new rules for its Green Deal, due to start in 2012, which it claims will help businesses and energy consumers become more energy efficient.
Meanwhile, developers of large-scale renewable energy projects may find out as early as July 2011 what level of support can be expected from the Renewable Obligation scheme.
Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, said with a strong focus on insulating the average home, accreditation will play a major part of the Green Deal strategy going forward.
‘Trust is important when it comes to having work done in our homes,’ Huhne said. ‘Consumer protection will be built into the Green Deal from the word go.
Accreditation, a quality market, insurance-backed warranties – there’ll be no place for cowboys to get a foot hold in the Green Deal.’
The government said, however, that there will be a focus on new market entrants. It said the Green Deal will provide an opportunity for new market entrants such as high street retailers, builders merchants or local authorities to be advisers, providers and accredited installers.
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