Energy efficiency upgrades will be determined on a case-by-case basis and will range from insulation measures like loft and cavity wall, to the installation of renewable and low carbon technologies such as solar panels and heat pumps.

Home improvements for eligible households will be installed by Bristol City Leap partner, Ameresco from March 2023 and continue until 2025.

The three councils successfully bid for funding from phase 2 of the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero’s HUG, which has already provided over £1.1 billion to low income households living in the worst quality, off-gas grid homes in England.

The latest round of funding will help to reduce the carbon footprint of homes, while providing support to hundreds of households in the south west struggling with energy bills.

David White, Operations Director for Bristol City Leap, said:

We are delighted that Bristol has been successful in the most recent round of the Home Upgrade Grant scheme. We were able to make a much larger bid than in previous funding rounds due to the additional delivery capability that Bristol City Leap can bring to bear through the partnership between Bristol City Council and Ameresco.  As a result, our Bright Green Homes project will help reduce the energy bills of over 500 families in Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset and North Somerset, whilst also tackling the climate emergency and creating local jobs.

There will be a session in the elemental theatre at InstallerSHOW about the Bristol City Leap project, at 3:30pm on 28th June. Free registration:

Bristol City Leap: A blueprint for decarbonisation at city-scale

Hosted by Anne Davies. Bristol City Leap is a world first, game-changing approach towards decarbonisation at city-scale. In this session, the audience will hear how the 20-year plan will transform the city, with huge amounts of renewable energy to be installed on homes, businesses and public buildings, as well as the expansion of Bristol’s award-winning heat network and energy efficiency projects. Bristol City Leap published its initial 5-year plan at the start of 2023, and the session will cover how the team is engaging with partners, the local community, national government and supply chain providers to create a decarbonisation model that act as a template for other cities.