£10m Fund for Smart Meter Roll-Out

Social landlords have been invited to bid for grants under a £10m fund to help ensure tenants know how to get free ‘smart’ gas and electricity meters installed in their homes.

The government has a target of ensuring every household in Britain is offered a new meter free of charge by 2020 and is requiring energy providers to install them. The meters provide real-time information on how much a household is spending on gas and electricity.

However, a £10m fund has been made available for non-profit organisations, including social landlords, to raise awareness

of the scheme and reach people who “may face barriers to getting a smart meter”. This could include people with learning disabilities, non-English speakers, those with low literacy or no internet access.

£10m Fund for Smart Meter Roll-OutThe fund has been launched by Smart EnergyGB, an independent organisation tasked with overseeing the government’s roll-out of smart meters. Sacha Deshmukh, chief executive of Smart Energy GB, said: “One of the biggest and most important challenges we face is reaching people who may not hear about smart meters through traditional routes, or who might need additional support to  understand how they could benefit.”

Grants of up to £10,000 are now available for smaller community organisations. Larger grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 will be available for larger non-profit organisations from 6 June. For more information, click here.

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