A funding application has been made that could see more than £500,000 put towards reducing carbon emissions from public buildings and promoting access to more community-based district heating schemes.
The Shetland Partnership – an alliance of various public sector organisations – has set out its commitment to promoting energy efficiency. As part of that Shetland Islands Council has applied for £545,136 from a new Scottish government scheme – the Scottish Energy Efficiency Programme (Seep).
It has sought bids specifically from local authorities which promote innovative ways of reducing heating costs, aims to address energy efficiency in commercial premises. If successful, the SIC bid would allow funding for a number of council buildings to be fitted with improved mechanical controls to reduce their heat demand.
The council would also install trial solar panels to heat water at the Edward Thomason and Taing House care homes, which could reduce the energy demand from the district heating network. This would free up capacity within the scheme, allowing more householders to take advantage of cheaper heating costs.
Grants would also be available for householders who are already connected to the district heating scheme to help them reduce their own demand for heat. This would also free up capacity within the scheme.
Partnership chairman and SIC political leader Gary Robinson said tackling fuel poverty in the isles was a priority.
He added: “If this bid is successful the council could assist more residents to reduce their fuel bills and improve their energy efficiency, making their homes healthier, more affordable and warmer.”