Councils to share £4.4m energy efficiency funding

Paul Wheelhouse

Paul Wheelhouse

Homes, businesses, public buildings and community projects across Scotland are to receive an energy efficiency upgrade thanks to £4.4 million of new funding from the Scottish Government.

Fifteen local authorities will use the Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) funding to deliver innovative ways to reduce emissions and tackle fuel poverty.

A coordinated programme to improve the energy efficiency of homes and buildings in the commercial, public and industrial sectors, the new SEEP will commence in 2018 with substantial annual public funding coupled with new powers for the Scottish Parliament over the regulated energy suppliers.

To help inform SEEP the Scottish Government is working with stakeholders to test different approaches to improving the energy efficiency of Scotland’s buildings. The successful Phase 1 pilots were announced in October 2016 with £9.1m being awarded to 11 local authorities. These Phase 1 pilots are due to finish in December 2017. The Phase 2 pilots will finish by February 2019.


List of recipients and projects for Phase 2 funding:

  • Aberdeen (lead partner), working with Stirling, Highland, Dundee, Perth & Kinross and Edinburgh – Development of Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies for five Scottish cities
  • Aberdeenshire – Community centre energy efficiency measures and renewable heat.
  • Argyll & Bute – District heating system and energy efficiency measures. District Heating element currently being considered for District Heating Loan Fund. The Scottish Government is funding further community engagement with the potential for additional funding for energy efficiency works if homeowners sign up to the project.
  • Clackmannanshire – Development of a Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy
  • Dumfries and Galloway – Development of a Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy (potentially energy efficiency measures in the town centre)
  • East Ayrshire – Energy efficiency and renewables in off gas grid area working with owner occupiers and able to pay market. Energy efficiency and renewable heat measures in community hall.
  • Edinburgh – Development of a Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy; Edinburgh World Heritage Trust – Sir Basil Spence Building – Energy retrofit and low carbon heating; Energy demand pilots in public buildings – Assembly Rooms; Edinburgh Bus Station and Museum of Edinburgh; Duncan Place – community centre energy efficiency and renewable heat in listed building; Saughton Park – installation of large scale Ground source Heat Pumps to provide renewable heat.
  • Falkirk – Extension of district heating network to three tower blocks and private wore network to provide electricity to a further seven tower blocks and a number of council properties.
  • Glasgow – Development of a Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy; Wheatley Group – pilot with commercial properties to provide advice and support and loan funding to SMEs; Wheatley Group – Wheatley House – energy efficiency measures and renewable energy in large traditional corporate building; Toryglen community Centre – energy efficiency and renewable heat and storage; Glasgow Life – demand reduction using building energy management systems.
  • North Lanarkshire – NHS Lanarkshire – energy efficiency measures in two health centres
  • Orkney – Energy efficiency measures in school.
  • Renfrewshire – Development of a Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy
  • Scottish Borders – Development of a Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategy
  • Shetland – LHEES element to be developed
  • South Ayrshire – Energy efficiency and renewables in off gas grid area working with owner occupiers and able to pay market; Energy efficiency measures with able to pay market in commercial sector in Ayr High Street.

Minister for business, innovation and energy, Paul Wheelhouse, was at Saughton Park in Edinburgh to help install two large-scale ground source heat pumps to provide renewable heat to both the Winter Garden and new building developments.

This project is the first of its kind in Scotland, maximising the potential offered by parks and green spaces to provide renewable heat.

The project will create jobs during the construction phase, generate savings for the council, and will also have a significant focus on community engagement.

Mr Wheelhouse said: “The SEEP Pilot programme is testing new approaches to improving energy efficiency and new ways of working in the public sector.

“A number of these projects will have a material impact on people’s lives, ensuring they have warm homes, businesses and community centres, while others will help develop essential strategies to support the effective deployment of investment to meet our ambitions to expand renewable heat and address fuel poverty.

“The Scottish Government funding announced today is helping to unlock a larger package totalling over £12m covering a wide range of projects across Scotland, and these pilots will ultimately help inform deployment of the overarching SEEP programme that will see an estimated total of up to £10 billion invested in heat and energy efficiency in the period to 2030.”

Stephanie Clark, policy manager at Scottish Renewables, said: “Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme aims to both reduce the amount of heat which is lost from homes and businesses and to decarbonise the way that heat is supplied.

“Both those aims are important if we are to tackle climate change while helping the 31% of Scottish households in fuel poverty.

“This funding targets both those aims and will provide benefits to communities as well as valuable financial savings for the local authorities which are involved.”