Next Energy

Leading energy retrofitting firm Next Energy has secured £40m in contract deals as part of the government’s Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Wave (SHDF) and Home Upgrade Grant (HUG2) initiatives.

The energy business, which is headquartered in Prescot, has agreed deals to work with some of Merseyside’s most prominent social landlords including Plus Dane Housing and Livv Housing Group – while it is also contracted with Cheshire East Council and Manchester City Council respectively.

The £40m contracts, which will see the company install a range of energy-efficient home improvements across the North West and North East, will be delivered on behalf of several national social housing providers – servicing over 4,000 homes across a two-year period.

The SHDF and HUG2 initiatives are part of the government’s pledge to improve the energy performance of homes as the UK continues on its pathway to Net Zero, helping social housing providers and eligible private homeowners tackle fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions.


Next Energy, which specialises in making homes more energy efficient, will be installing solar PV panels and air source heat pumps (ASHP), plus cavity wall, external wall and loft insulations, as well as floor, roof and internal wall retrofits. The firm will also provide window and door replacements.

Retrofitted households could save up to an average of £567 per year whilst also protecting their homes against rising energy costs.

Next Energy was established in 2016 in response to the government’s Net Zero ambitions. Since its inception, the company has gone on to become one of the UK’s leading renewable insulation heating specialists, providing energy solutions for over 18,000 domestic and commercial customers.

The company has worked with providers such as British Gas, E.ON, NPower and OVO Energy to help meet the targets set under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Scheme. It has more recently worked with rural councils across England and Wales to further tackle the fuel poverty crisis for residents in off-gas areas.

Lee McNally, Director at Next Energy, said:

“We are delighted with the string of recent contract wins. Our partnerships with Combined Authorities and housing associations means we can continue to help make homes more energy efficient, bring down household bills and do our bit to tackle the climate crisis.

“As it stands today, over 3 million UK households are currently living in fuel poverty. Pair this with the growing number of harmful carbon emissions damaging our planet, and the need for properly insulated homes has never been more important.

“Through the work that we do to make homes properly insulated and well heated, we can not only save the average household hundreds of pounds, but can also accelerate the UK on its journey towards net zero.”