Scottish councils offered £11m for energy efficiency

The Scottish Government is offering a further £11 million of funding for energy efficiency projects. It is the second wave of Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) pilot fund, aiming to […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The Scottish Government is offering a further £11 million of funding for energy efficiency projects.

It is the second wave of Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) pilot fund, aiming to help local authorities test new and innovative energy-saving approaches with homes, community groups and businesses.

The projects will be part of the development phase of SEEP, which will run until 2018, after which the full delivery phase will start.

Glasgow City Council received £600,000 in the first round last year for domestic and non-domestic projects to be carried out in the next two years.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “This unprecedented large-scale, long term programme will make our homes warmer and places of work more comfortable. It will also drive down energy bills and help us meet our ambitious climate change targets.

“The second round of SEEP pilot funding will support local authorities to develop projects that build on the successful work we have already carried out and ensure Scotland leads the way in energy efficiency.”

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