Scotland’s Government has announced a new energy efficiency program, which includes, among other things, support for energy efficiency measures in combination with the installation of a residential and commercial PV systems and energy storage.
The first step of the two-year transition scheme, dubbed Energy Efficient Scotland Transition Programme: Decarbonisation Fund for Social Housing, is the publication of an expression of interest to invite landlords to deliver energy efficiency and heating decarbonization programs within their existing stock.
The deadline to submit the expressions of interest has been set for June 8, while that for the applications to funds has been scheduled for June 20.
“The funding will be for energy efficiency measures (e.g. internal works, insulation) within projects that include decarbonisation activity (e.g. ground source heat pumps, air source heat pumps, biomass, solar PV and storage etc) and the conversion of properties from e.g. oil to these technologies,” the Scottish government advises in its documentation.
The government has also stressed that proposals for any innovative activity or technologies will be considered favorably, while projects already entitled to participate in the FIT programs for renewable energies will not be admitted.
The Scottish government unveiled its first ever energy strategy in late December.
The policy envisages the use and supply of energy for heat (51% of total final energy consumption), power (24%) and transport (25%), focusing on three core principles: a whole system view, an inclusive energy transition, and a smarter local energy model. The strategy also outlines two scenarios based on an electric and a hydrogen future.