Scottish Government announces £3.5m for social housing energy efficiency

View West along the River Clyde to housing tower blocks in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, Scotland, UK
View West along the River Clyde to housing tower blocks in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Funding of £3.5 million has been announced to help social housing landlords make their properties more energy efficient.

The decarbonisation fund will support councils and housing associations to install measures such as solar panels or air source heat pumps.

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart announced the move during a debate at the Scottish Parliament.

He said: “This funding reflects our commitment to tackling fuel poverty and improving energy efficiency.

“As well as assisting social landlords in decarbonising their heating, the fund will also encourage innovative thinking and fresh ideas, and is open to expressions of interest from today.

“This is part of more than £5 million of additional funding to support the Energy Efficient Scotland: Transition Programme, which will continue to provide a mix of advice, grant and low cost loans to support property owners over the next two years.”

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