Renfrewshire will receive a £50,000 share of £4.4 million from a Green Energy fund from the Scottish Government.
The £4.4 million fund is to be shared between 15 local councils and is to used to deliver innovative ways to reduce emissions and tackle fuel poverty.
Green MSP for the West of Scotland Ross Greer has welcomed news recently announced for the ‘Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme’ (SEEP), but says that more needs to be done.
Ross Greer said: “This is a good step in the right direction for Renfrewshire. Everyone deserves affordable and climate-friendly ways to stay warm. To make this happen we need to move on from years of pilots. We need to get bigger and bolder in our action to fix leaky homes and install low-carbon heating systems and we need to do it quickly, for the sake of people and planet.
“The Scottish Government missed its own target to end fuel poverty in 2016 due to lack of investment, so more action by at national level and by our local councils is welcome.”
Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse said: “The SEEP Pilot programme is testing new approaches to improving energy efficiency and new ways of working in the public sector.
“A number of these projects will have a material impact on people’s lives, ensuring they have warm homes, businesses and community centres, while others will help develop essential strategies to support the effective deployment of investment to meet our ambitions to expand renewable heat and address fuel poverty.
“The Scottish Government funding announced today is helping to unlock a larger package totalling over £12 million covering a wide range of projects across Scotland, and these pilots will ultimately help inform deployment of the overarching SEEP programme that will see an estimated total of up to £10 billion invested in heat and energy efficiency in the period to 2030.”