To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps the Government is taking to help enable local authorities to install renewable power in existing social housing stock.
The Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) will upgrade a significant amount of the social housing stock currently below EPC C up to that standard, delivering warm, energy-efficient homes, reducing carbon emissions and fuel bills, tackling fuel poverty, and supporting green jobs.
Over £1bn of funding has already been committed to the SHDF and associated Demonstrator, including £800m for the second Wave of funding from FY 22/23 to FY 24/25.
Renewable and low carbon technologies such as solar panels and heat pumps are included as eligible measures for SHDF funding. Solar is a key part of the Government’s strategy for increasing the energy performance of buildings and contributes to meeting the Government’s fuel poverty targets.