In 2013 DECC launched the Green Deal Communities Programme, and invited local authorities to bid for a share of an £88m capital fund. Peterborough City Council was keen to submit a bid in order to achieve a number of their HECA plan objectives. But their lack of knowledge and experience in the Green Deal programmes and tight resource constraints was a significant hindrance to preparing a compelling, deliverable bid.
AgilityEco was selected to lead and resource the bid process because of its deep understanding of the Green Deal and ECO market place, its relationship with the DECC team and its knowledge of the regulatory and political drivers influencing the selection process.
AgilityEco led this bid from the front, developing a novel, leading edge proposal that caught the attention of the DECC funding team.
We conducted a rapid assessment of the property stock and housing situation/issues in the city and the programmes already in place, liaising across the housing, environmental, legal and strategic teams in the council as well as their existing strategic ECO partner.
The results were then cross-matched with the objectives and pre-requisites of the Green Deal Communities Programme (including State Aid rules) and a recommendation was made.
We prepared the full bid on behalf of the council. It focused on a large deprived area of the city with an ethnically diverse population living as private tenants mainly in old solid wall properties with poor insulation and heating.
We devised a financial proposition to attract both private landlord and tenant as well as owner occupiers using Green Deal Finance, ECO contributions and the money from the capital fund, together with the marketing strategy and support programme.
Peterborough City Council was awarded the full £4m fund they applied for.
AgilityEco was then appointed to provide the roll-out and management of the programme for the following 15 months.
We're grateful for the hard work and expertise that AgilityEco put into supporting us in preparing our highly innovative winning bid. This is a great opportunity for us to improve the quality of housing in Peterborough. The areas we want to target have the greatest levels of fuel poverty and we know many people are struggling to meet the cost of just staying warm. I hope landlords come forward and take up the grants available. It makes perfect sense for them as they end up with higher value, more energy efficient homes and warmer, happier tenants. We look forward to continuing to work with AgilityEco in the delivery phase of our exciting project.
Executive Director, Resources
Peterborough City Council
Our team’s extensive knowledge and experience, along with our strong partner network enable us to plan, manage and source funding for energy efficiency and carbon reduction projects. We’ve built and delivered some of the largest and most successful energy efficiency programmes in the UK.