The Department of Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) flagship Green Deal scheme is off to a flying start with 1,729 assessments lodged in February.

The number of accredited GD Assessor organisations and individual Advisors has grown since December 2012 as individual Assessors complete their training and are accredited. At the end of February there were 77 organisations employing a total of 619 advisors, compared to 13 and 40 respectively at the end of October 2012.

Furthermore, the number of Green Deal Providers has grown to 40 from eight at the end of October 2012.

The number of accredited installers has also grown steadily since the accreditation process opened, from 231 accredited at the end of October 2012 to 629 organisations accredited at the end of February 2013.

Despite bad press in January when the Green Deal was launched, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey said:  “We're seeing clear signs of a promising new market gathering momentum.”

“We have created the Green Deal to overhaul our inefficient housing stock and help people keep their homes warm, while also reducing their energy bills. And as the market builds and awareness of the Green Deal increases, I am confident that consumer interest will grow and grow.”

The opposition Labour party echoed previous concerns of the GD of the high 7% interest rates, reported the Guardian.

The statistics were produced with data from a variety of sources including the Energy Performance Certificate and Occupancy Assessment central register. DECC states that these figures are provisional and are subject to future revisions.