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Regen welcomes government’s Green Deal as “huge opportunity”. 

Major event announced showcasing local businesses ability to deliver

28 January 2013

A ground-breaking government initiative enabling households to cut bills was welcomed today by sustainable energy experts Regen SW as a huge business opportunity. Regen announced a major event, the “Renewable Energy Marketplace”, to showcase what local construction and energy businesses can deliver under the scheme.


Green Deal is a government scheme which enables households to have energy saving measures, such as insulation and new boilers, installed at their home at no upfront cost. The cost is then repaid by a charge on the electricity bill. At the heart of the scheme is a pledge that the energy savings will be greater than the cost of repayment– the ‘golden rule’ (1).

To showcase what local companies can offer Regen is running the Renewable Energy Marketplace (2) on the 19 March at Westpoint, near Exeter (www.renewableenergymarketplace.co.uk). The event will feature:
• Over 80 local businesses exhibiting ways to cut energy bills and warm up your house
• Expert speakers providing independent advice on the Green Deal and
• Exhibitors and speakers on how businesses can take advantage of this opportunity
• Department of Energy and Climate Change setting out the incentives on offer for renewable energy

Regen SW is also working with the Energy Saving Trust and local authorities to provide free support to over 400 businesses under the EU funded “Ready for Retrofit” scheme (3).

Merlin Hyman, Chief Executive of Regen SW commented “as we face up to winter fuel bills a scheme to help households cut wasted energy is great news. We are urging people to come along to Renewable Energy Marketplace on 19 March in Exeter to find out more and meet all the great local businesses that can help.”

He continued “the Green Deal is a huge opportunity to boost to local jobs as well as making our houses warmer, Regen is committed to working with its partners to support local companies to deliver the Green Deal and showcase their expertise.”


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Notes to editors

1. For information on the Green Deal go to www.decc.gsi.gov.uk
2. Renewable Energy Marketplace takes place on 19 March at Westpoint near Exeter. Full details at www.renewableenergymarketplace.co.uk
3. The Ready for Retrofit project is part financed by the South West Competitiveness European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information visit www.gov.uk/browse/business/funding-debt/european-regional-development-funding

For further information and interviews
Please contact Merlin Hyman, Regen SW chief executive on 01392 494399

About Regen SW
Regen SW is a not for profit company working to enable business, local authorities and other organisations to deliver renewable energy and energy efficiency and build a prosperous low-carbon economy in the south west of England. www.regensw.co.uk