£80 million Cambs fund to promote renewable energy and green homes

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The combined authority has received £79.6 million to deliver energy efficient homes, reduce fuel poverty, increase the capacity of renewable energy, and other objectives to achieve net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority will act as the accountable body for the government funding scheme, which also asks for ‘clean growth’, retrofitting businesses, and more.

Around 10,000 low income and low energy performing households across this region will have their energy efficiency improved with retrofits such as cavity wall, underfloor and loft insulation, and replacing gas boilers with low carbon alternatives like heat pumps where appropriate.

It will also include installing solar panels on many social housings, helping residents on low incomes create their own green energy to power their homes.

In the scheme which will be launched later this spring, eligible owner/occupiers will receive a £10,000 grant to complete the work. Social and private landlords will receive £5,000 towards their costs of improvements.

The scheme is also predicted to directly support around 2,000 energy sector jobs, including local plumbers, builders, and tradespeople, needed to deliver retrofit over the next 4 years.

This scheme is part of a nationwide programme, announced on Tuesday by the government, where 50,000 households will be upgraded with green improvements from a £562 million fund.

Around 1,100 of these homes are within the combined authority’s area.

There will also be opportunities for people to be retrained and “upskilled” in green skills and jobs that are in-demand.

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