Seven cities across England will receive a share of £12m today to help them kick-start the Green Deal in their regions.
The cities –Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield– have put forward ambitious proposals to lower their carbon emissions and this new finance, from the Green Deal launch incentives fund, will support their plans to test key elements of the Green Deal.
All of the cities are also proposing to generate match funding and/or provide direct support themselves and have pledged to use the cash to raise awareness of the Green Deal via community engagement and show homes. Local authorities will also provide support to local supply chains including trained Green Deal advisors and registered installers.
Energy secretary Edward Davey said: “These cities have really ambitious plans to lower their emissions, reduce energy use and help people save money on their bills. I’ve been really impressed by their plans to start testing the Green Deal and transforming our homes and buildings.
“This funding will help them get up and running, and I look forward to seeing a number of properties across whole communities get the energy efficient improvements they need.”