A number of households in the borough will be invited to apply for a grant from Erewash Borough Council to make their home more energy efficient.

Council Executive approved a funding award of £757,550 from the Midlands Energy Hub when it met on September 8. The funding is part of the Government’s Local Authority Delivery Phase 2 Programme to help improve the energy efficiency of residential properties in Erewash.

The grants will be open to eligible households in Erewash and will initially focus on four areas: Larklands and Little Hallam in Ilkeston, Derby Road East in Long Eaton and Long Eaton Central. The scheme will be delivered in partnership with Marches Energy Agency and E.ON, and will see people able to apply for external wall insulation or fully funded solar panels. Residents whose homes have been selected to receive external wall insulation or solar panels will receive a grant offer letter inviting them to apply to the scheme.

Councillor Paul Maginnis, Lead Member for Health and Wellbeing at Erewash Borough Council, says:

“This is a fantastic scheme which will see residents benefit from fully funded home energy efficiency improvements which will lower their energy bills, keep their homes warmer and reduce the environmental impact. Anyone who is not sure whether they may be eligible can visit the council’s website for more information.”

 Nigel Dewbery, Director of Residential Solutions at E.ON, says:

 “Improving the energy efficiency of homes across the UK is key to meeting the nation’s net-zero targets, and can dramatically improve people’s living conditions, by helping to increase their comfort and reduce their energy bills.

 “We’re delighted to be bringing these benefits to households across Erewash as we work with Erewash Borough Council to install energy efficiency measures, such as external wall insulation and solar panels, on the homes of eligible residents.”

In July 2020 the Government announced a £2 billion Green Homes Grant scheme aimed at reducing household heating costs, cutting carbon emissions and creating employment in the ‘green’ energy sector.  Up to £500 million of the Green Homes Grant has been allocated to local authorities by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to support the Local Authority Delivery programme. 

More information is available on the green grants page.