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Tackling Fuel Poverty Through Zero Carbon Innovation

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About the project

£1m was awarded from the Getting Building Fund as part of a £1.4m project.

Through this investment Wrekin Housing Group will produce zero carbon homes across Telford & Wrekin using a combination of energy technologies to be retrofitted to existing homes or fitted into brand new homes.

Impacts include low energy bills easing fuel poverty in Social Housing; reducing the load on the local grid; and eliminating carbon through energy consumption.

The project will concentrate on the retrofit of 68 homes (PV and Battery Storage) and 11 non-Passivhaus new builds where planning permissions have already been granted.

The project will also establish a new national training programme backed by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) to upskill the existing workforce and train apprentices in battery storage installation, with Telford College becoming the first college in the country to pilot and roll out the training.

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£1million Getting Building Fund investment

11 new homes and 68 existing properties fitted with PV and battery storage to create zero carbon homes

Easing fuel poverty in social housing, reducing the load on the local grid and eliminating carbon through energy consumption

Through this investment Wrekin Housing Group will produce zero carbon homes across Telford & Wrekin
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The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has now ceased trading and transferred all its functions to Shropshire Council working with Telford & Wrekin Council and Herefordshire Council, in line with the UK Government's plans for devolution.

The Marches LEP was established in 2011 and hands over an impressive legacy from its 13-year life. In that time the LEP invested over £196m in projects across the Marches, securing in excess of £100m of match funding and supported more than 66,000 business interactions.

The schemes supported have made tangible differences to local communities, increasing skills, creating jobs and improving the physical appearance of many towns.

We would like to thank all the LEP Board Members who have given their time freely over the life of the LEP, as well as all the staff who worked for the LEP over the years. We also want to thank our delivery partners, local education providers and local, regional and national stakeholders who helped us achieve so much.

The Marches Growth Hub will continue to support businesses and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford and Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Each of the three Local Authorities will also continue to provide direct business support locally. Details of this support will be available through the Marches Growth Hub website and from the Local Authorities directly. Website: | email:

The Marches Careers Hub will continue to be delivered and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford & Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Website: | email:

For any queries about Getting Building Fund (GBF), Local Growth Fund (LGF) and Marches Investment Fund (MIF) projects supported by the Marches LEP please contact:

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The solvent liquidation of the Marches LEP is being managed by the Evelyn Partners Limited. For any matter related to this please contact:

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