Local MSP Margaret Burgess has welcomed the announcement that the SNP Scottish Government is to invest a further £4m in the Home Renewables Loan Scheme, which helps householders cut their energy bills.
scheme gives access to interest-free loans of up to £10,000 for a range
of renewable heat and electricity technologies. Since April 2011 it
has helped reduce dependency on fossil fuels and has allowed
householders across Scotland to access cleaner, greener energy.
new money is in addition to £55m already allocated to deliver the Home
Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland (HEEPS), which Mrs Burgess
previously announced in her capacity as the Scottish Government’s
Minister for Housing & Welfare. North Ayrshire Council has already
benefitted from a funding award under HEEPS.
Margaret Burgess said, “The Scottish Government is determined to help householders stay warm and reduce their energy bills.
“This further investment will also help to generate work and support jobs – providing a much needed boost to our economy.”
MSP for Cunninghame South, which includes Stevenston, noted, “To help
tackle fuel poverty we are actively working with councils and energy
companies to ensure that Scotland continues to get its fair share of
funding for efficiency programmes. Unlike the UK Government, we believe
it is important to provide this type of funding.”
The extra money
for the Home Renewables Loan Scheme was also welcomed by Mike Thornton,
Director of Energy Saving Trust Scotland, who said, “Helping with the
up-front cost of installing a renewable energy system supports
homeowners across Scotland to move to renewable energy sources and save
money on their fuel bills. Since April 2011, households that have
received a loan will make total savings of over £12-million. Figures
like these mean we expect many more to take up this Scottish Government
loan and reap the benefits of a home renewables system.”