The Green Deal has cost the government more than £16 million since April 2011, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) has revealed. But only 36 Green Deal plans have been signed by householders.
Responding to a Freedom of Information request from Utility Week, Decc said marketing and administration costs of the flagship energy efficiency programme between April 2011 and the end of July 2013 were £16.4 million.
A total of £12.68 million has been spent on departmental administration expenditure, while Decc spent £3.73 on marketing campaigns.
For this financial year (2013/14) Decc has budgeted £5.22 million for administrative costs.
The department added that “no decision has been taken on further marketing spend”.
The latest official Green Deal figures showed that since the scheme was launched in January up to the end of June 2013, more than 44,000 Green Deal assessments had been completed, but no packages had been installed.
A total of 36 Green Deal plans had been signed by householders, and 270 “new” Green Deal plans – where the consumer has had an assessment and said they wish to proceed with the measures – had been agreed.