The Green Deal will place greater demand on installers of energy-efficient technologies and businesses should take advantage of the opportunity, according to EAL managing director Ann Watson.
Ms Watson said: “With the government’s Green Deal finally going live, demand for installers of energy efficient technologies will rise over the coming months and years.
“Businesses should be ready to take advantage of the huge investment in sustainable technologies, with government putting in an initial £125m to fund the cash back scheme.
“Nationally recognised qualifications show that tradespeople have the knowledge and skills to offer a trusted service that meets the standards demanded by industry.
“Getting qualified will put them ahead of the competition, as well as improve their level of service and support.
“It will also create new business opportunities and help employees looking to progress in their careers by becoming Green Deal advisors, Green Deal remote advisors or domestic energy assessors, among other roles.”
Enact Energy has already become the first in Cornwall to achieve Green Deal Provider status from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
Enact founder and chief executive officer Adrian Wright said: “The Green Deal is the government’s new energy initiative which plans for the improvement of the nation’s energy efficient homes and we are delighted to have achieved official Green Deal Provider status which means we can play a full and central role in delivering all of the benefits that the Green Deal offers.
“To achieve this status we have had to undergo rigorous and stringent assessments so to now have it officially is great news.”
However, there are still concerns about the cost of becoming involved in the Green Deal.
Vietech proprietor Chris Flaherty commented: “Installers have already paid out a fortune for MCS, but without domestic RHI there has been no work and now even though they have paid out to show their competence in their chosen fields, they are expected to pay out more money to prove the same competencies again, bit of a con if you ask me.
“I think it wise that installers stay out of the Green Deal for now and see if it actually develops, to ensure they will get a return on the money they have to pay out.”