On 22 January the Scottish Government invited local authorities and their partners to submit proposals for the piloting of new approaches of energy efficiency measures in both domestic and non-domestic buildings. Up to £14 million of funding will be made available from June 2016-December 2017.

Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP)Pathfinder Fund is the first step in preparing for the launch of SEEP in 2018. First announced in June, SEEP is being developed to deliver the new national infrastructure priority for energy efficiency. It is intended that SEEP will offer support for the next 15-20 years to ensure that all buildings (domestic and non-domestic) in Scotland can achieve a good energy efficiency rating.

It is hoped that the 2016/17 pilot projects will help the development of SEEP, contribute to the design of future programmes aimed at tackling fuel poverty and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and inform how future SEEP funding is best deployed.

The projects will build upon and integrate existing domestic energy efficiency programmes, bringing together support from the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP), with the Home Energy Efficiency Programme Scotland: Area Based Scheme (HEEPS:ABS).

For further information, access SEEP: About the Programme and SEEP: Q and A documents via the Scottish Government website.

The closing date for applications is 18 March 2016.

SOURCE: Keep Scotland Beautiful

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