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South West given major boost by £8m green scheme

A NEW scheme has been launched in the South West to create a sustainable market capable of delivering over 2.75 billion sales, over £1 billion GVA and potentially employing more than 2,000 people between now and 2020.

The initiative has been set up by the Energy Saving Trust, Regen SW, social housing providers and local authority partners to give a boost to the energy efficiency and micro-generation sector in Devon, Bristol and the wider region.  

Councillor William Mumford, Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration and Strategic Planning, Devon County Council, said:

“Devon County Council is pleased to be part of the ground-breaking Ready for Retrofit project, which looks to create a sustainable domestic energy efficiency and micro-generation sector in Devon and the wider region.

“The project will enable Devon businesses in this sector to grow, create new jobs at the same time as delivering a major refurbishment of the housing stock in the county.

“It is a key part in helping Devon deliver a sustainable future and builds on the successes of earlier renewable energy projects pioneered by the county council.”

The £8m Ready for Retrofit programme will kick-start the project by investing more than £6.5m in energy efficiency and micro-generation measures for social housing as well as supporting local businesses to grow and develop new products and services through improved staff development, technical know-how and targeted marketing .

Ian Hutchcroft, Head of South England, Energy Saving Trust, said:

“This is a major break-through for the South West, giving a huge boost to the local economy, supporting business to help tens of thousands of people reduce their fuel bills and making the region a more sustainable place to live and work.

“This initiative will leave a legacy of a strong green economy, new jobs and a skilled workforce.”

The scheme will also help local trades of people to improve their energy-efficiency knowledge so they can identify energy savings for their customers.

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