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West Mids takes leading role in Green Deal projects

The West Midlands looks set to lead a Green Deal revolution after Birmingham Energy Savers issued a tender notice for works, which they say could eventually be worth up to £1.5 billion.

Birmingham City Council is to provide up to £75 million for an initial pilot, the Pathfinder Programme, with a further £25m expected via investment through the energy company obligation under which energy suppliers are asked to support hard-to-treat and vulnerable households.

Chief among the delivery partner’s obligations will be to engage customers, assess properties and secure finance and manage loans. The partner will be expected to keep a database of installation data.

The Pathfinder Programme is set to last around three years with the last property refurbished in autumn 2015 and BCC’s investment repaid under the Green Deal, feed-in tariffs, the Renewable Heat Incentive and other incentives over a 25-year period.

Following the programme, the council expects to extend the contract with the delivery partner by up to £500m over five years for private and social homes and non-domestic buildings.

A total of eight contractors will be invited to tender for the work and participants must request to participate by 17 October at 12pm.

Birmingham Energy Savers programme manager David Allport told H&V News the inclusion of non-domestic public buildings under the Green Deal had increased value and cut risk.

“We took legal advice on whether our procurement could be used by other authorities and landlords, so we went out to all the public authorities in the West Midlands and the larger housing associations, and we’ve had an incredible response,” he said.

“It is clearly one of the most attractive procurements in the refurb market.”