Community planning: Low Carbon Communities
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Green Deal
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Government policy has created a framework, led by the Green Deal, which provides opportunities for individual households and for communities and neighbourhoods to invest in energy efficiency and micro-generation.

Pay as you save – the Green Deal Feed-in tariffs


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Local Government, 2011.


Nick Wates Associates

Last updated on:13 January 2012
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Green Deal Energy Saving
Mechanism which UK government expects will revolutionise the installation of energy efficiency measures, such as cavity wall insulation. Private firms make efficiency improvements to homes at no upfront cost. The costs are then paid back over time via the consumers energy bills. Not a loan because the bill-payer is never liable for the full capital cost, only the charges due while they are the bill-payer. The expected savings must be greater than the cost of installing the measures. The existence of a Green Deal on a property must be disclosed to subsequent occupiers who will be liable for continuing repayments.

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Feed-in Tariff (FIT)
Regular payments from energy suppliers to households and communities that generate electricity from renewable or low carbon sources such as solar panels and wind turbines. Community groups can get the tariff for community buildings. Eligible households and groups receive two monthly payments (tariffs): Generation tariff = a set rate for 20-25 years for each unit (or kWh) of electricity generated; Export (sales) tariff = a further amount for each unit exported to the grid, i.e. when not used on site.

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