Concerns over the cost of involvement in the Green Deal for installers have been raised.
H&V News reported in July 2012 that installers would have to pay for accreditation and registration.
Six months later the Green Deal has launched but now its critics have argued that the cost of becoming Green Deal approved is too high for smaller companies.
Green Heat managing director Peter Thom said: “Something needs to change very quickly if the Green Deal is to be the success we all want it to be. The DECC website initially stated that Gas-safe registered installers would satisfy the technical requirements of PAS 2030, the certification bodies voted this out which has opened up a gravy train of unnecessary costly site inspections which are already being made randomly by Gas-safe inspectors as part of their self-certification scheme requirements.”
Mr Thom argued that small and micro businesses will turn their backs on the Green Deal if the Government allows this to happen.
He said: “There are lots of conspiracy theories flying about that the Green Deal was set up for the big organisations and that the Green Deal Oversight & Registration Body Gemserv is owned by the big 6 energy suppliers.”
However, Swale Heating managing director Mark Pope welcomes the scheme and the government’s decision to actively promote the Green Deal via national press to raise awareness of the initiative.
He said: “While the costs are significant, we believe this investment is worthwhile to ensure we can be part of the scheme and therefore help our customers.”