The Scottish government is set to fast track funding to deploy low carbon heat in existing social housing in a bid to support Scotland’s recovery from COVID-19.
On 21 August, it announced that the vast majority of investment set to be made through the Social Housing Net Zero Heat Fund will be made in the coming year, supporting the start of construction on shovel-ready projects. It will look to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and cut heating bills by delivering a minimum of £20mn investment through the Scottish government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme.
The fund will focus on supporting the installation of heat pumps, as well as biomass boilers and integrated low carbon heat solutions in existing social housing. It is welcoming applications from Registered Social Landlords, Local Authorities and Energy Services Companies. Project applications will be required to demonstrate that their pricing model will result in a reduction in energy pricing for social housing tenants.