A new centre of excellence, a partnership to bring together social landlords and building firms and a new investment in the solar workforce have been unveiled today (2 June). These are all designed to support the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s declaration of a “retrofit revolution”, with virtually all of of the capital’s homes and workplaces requiring some form of retrofitting over the next decade as they are responsible for 78% of its carbon emissions. Backed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Mayor has therefore announced the creation a national retrofit centre of excellence in the city. This will help social housing providers gain access to funding for major retrofit projects, as well as supporting providers in developing plans to improve their chances of being successful through the next round of the £160 million Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund. New training for the city’s solar workforce is also being launched in collaboration with trade body Solar Energy UK, focused on battery storage, electric vehicle (EV) charging and related smart tech.
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Battery storage, electric vehicle (EV) charging and related smart tech are to be the focus of new training and apprenticeships launched by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan in partnership with Solar Energy UK. This programme – dubbed Solar Skills London – also includes a placement to get trainees into solar businesses and targeted grant schemes to deliver training to staff at 100 solar installation companies in the city. It is hoped it will enable Londoners to learn more about solar technologies and help to create more green jobs.
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