Kirklees Council can now fit greener technologies such as solar cells and waste water collection across public buildings and its housing stock after gaining approved installer status.
The council have gained accreditation for the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) and will also be applying for PAS 2030 Installer certification in the near future.
Through the success of meeting these national standards, the council will be able to benefit from the Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme.
The scheme, launched in July 2020, makes available a £2 billion Green Homes Grant scheme to upgrade homes across England. £500 million has been allocated to local authorities to improve the energy efficiency of homes of low-income households, helping reduce fuel poverty, phasing out high carbon fossil fuel heating, and delivering progress towards the UK’s commitment to net zero by 2050.
Councillor Will Simpson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees said: “This is fantastic news for our authority. We have worked tremendously hard to be a position to train our staff to be able to gain the accreditation to install greener technologies and potentially access grants to support communities across Kirklees.
“In the longer term, this achievement will bring many benefits for everyone in the area as it a helps us reduce carbon emissions and create a healthier environment for all.”
You can find out more about the Kirklees Council Clean and Green policy plan by visiting: https://www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/delivering-services/council-plan-clean.aspx