Southport College’s first class of Green Deal assessors is well underway to achieving a qualification which makes them official money saving experts!!
The group has been receiving the training in the College’s Energy Training Centre and will soon be able to visit households and make assessments of what improvements can be made. The assessors can then tell householders just how much they can save on energy bills under the Government’s Green Deal scheme. The Green Deal Scheme allows individuals to make energy saving home improvements without having to pay the costs up front. The improvements can include insulation, new boilers, draught-proofing, double glazing and renewable energy technologies such as solar panels. The costs of the improvements are repaid through the household energy bill. But only qualified assessors can make the recommendations and Southport College are one of the only local colleges where you can get the qualifications.
Mel Crompton, the College’s Green Deal Expert said “The Green Deal Assessor course is brand-new and Government approved. It’s an intensive course which gives attendees an overview of the available technologies, how to assess a home and how to calculate the savings that can be made.
The students on the course will also be approved to refer installers of the Green Deal recommendations which means they will soon be out helping to make savings for local homeowners and growing their own business at the same time.”
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey said “We’re seeing clear signs of a promising new market gathering momentum. In little more than a month, there have been 1,803 Green Deal assessments and that shows genuine interest from consumers. Some householders in older properties, and those on benefits or low incomes may qualify for extra financial assistance from the new Energy Company Obligation, and this has also started really well with £26.9 million worth of contracts signed.
“We have created the Green Deal to overhaul our inefficient housing stock and help people keep their homes warm, while also reducing their energy bills. And as the market builds and awareness of the Green Deal increases, I am confident that consumer interest will grow and grow. “The Green Deal will also cut our carbon and create skilled jobs in the process.
The number of businesses getting on board is increasing daily highlighting the growing confidence that the Green Deal offers fantastic new opportunities. 40 firms are already authorised as providers, with a further 629 registered to carry out installations and 619 individuals registered to offer assessments. This underlines that the Green Deal is very much up and running.”
If you are interested in obtaining a Green Deal Assessor qualification then contact Mel Crompton at Southport College 01704 392692 or by emailing CromptoM@southport-college.ac.uk
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