The new Energy Efficiency Partnership for Buildings (EEPB) is a new national body which is specifically aiming to unlock opportunities for the small and medium-sized enterprises within the Green Deal. The EEPB has the backing of major players within the industry including Npower, Centrica, Knauf Insulation and Strutt & Parker. The EEPB will work with the Government to make sure that SMEs are able to make the most of the Green Deal and get their fair share of the Green Deal market. The EEPB will also be advising the Government on the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and on the rollout of the Green Deal.
From the 1st October the Green Deal will enable homeowners to make energy efficiency improvements to their homes with no upfront financing required. In addition to this there is the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) which will see big energy companies providing £1.3 billion pounds a year to be used by low income homes or those which are hard to insulate, to allow them to access energy saving measures under the Green Deal scheme. The Government has stated that it wants SMEs to have major involvement within the Green Deal and that it foresee’s SMEs benefitting from up-to half of the ECO Green Deal sector.