Aberdeenshire energy efficiency scheme benefits from government funding

A pilot project to improve the energy efficiency of homes and businesses in Aberdeenshire is to move forward following the award of more than £660,000 by the Scottish Government.

The project will involve the installation of energy efficiency measures to social and private housing in Huntly, Lumsden and the surrounding areas.

The project is part of Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP), which is directed at businesses, community groups and individuals working and living in areas with particularly high levels of fuel poverty.

The scheme, which was awarded a total of £660,700 from the Integrated Energy Efficiency Pilot Projects Pathfinder Fund, will involve the insulation of various properties over the coming year. 

This includes internal, external and cavity wall insulation for a total of 100 residential properties in the private sector, with similar measures including loft insulation, double-glazing and solar panels for four community buildings. 

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Social Work and Housing Committee, Cllr Anne Allan, said: “We are very pleased to have secured funding under this Scottish Government programme, and that so many properties are to benefit in this pilot scheme.

“The relatively simple process of insulating these homes will help them retain warmth and manage energy costs. As an authority, it helps us as we work towards reaching climate change targets.”

Committee vice-chair Cllr Raymond Christie added: “This funding allows us to trial innovative approaches to energy efficiency and to work closely with community groups and businesses to achieve this.

“We look forward to beginning work on this pilot and to further opportunities that may arise as SEEP is rolled out fully from 2018.”

Work on the pilot scheme is due to begin this month and continue until November 2017.