White set to unveil UK first green pilot at business briefing

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A CUTTING edge UK first green energy pilot project is being set up in Milton Keynes.

Former new city MP Brian White, now a top councillor and business leader, is set to unveil the Green Deal project at a breakfast meeting on Thursday (June 14).

The Green Deal will involve householders paying for environmentally friendly projects like solar roof panels through reductions in their electricity bills.

The government is setting up a Green Bank to lend money to properties receiving the improvements rather, than the owners.

At a Biztech breakfast seminar at the Ramada councillor Brian White will explain how the city will become a pilot project, the precursor to the national rollout of the government’s Green Deal.

Mr White chairs the United Sustainable Energy Agency and is former chairman of the National Energy Foundation.

Mr White said he wants to make sure local tradespeople benefit from the step-change scheme. He said: “Ensuring Milton Keynes tradesmen receive revenue by installing energy efficiency improvements is vital to lifting the local economy over the next 10 years.

“We want to register local electricians, plumbers and gasmen as Green Deal suppliers so the business generated through loans from the Green Bank, go straight into the local economy. If large companies with head offices elsewhere were used for these installations, money would flow out of the area.

As an MP Mr White pushed the Private Energy Bill through Parliament, which culminated in the Sustainable Energy Act

Other speakers at the Biztech breakfast are due to include Vic Harrison, chairman of ECMK, a Milton Keynes based company and professor Ben Allen.

ECMK has been granted the accreditation status to companies wishing to operate as a Green Deal Advice Service (GDAS).

Professor Allen is a leading expert in green energy from the University of Bedfordshire.

For more information, or to register for the event, visit www.biztech.org.uk.