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S6W-05843: Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 21 January 2022

To ask the Scottish Government what support is in place to assist the improvement of homes that are off-gas-grid following the removal of oil and LPG boilers.

Answered by: Patrick Harvie 2 February 2022

The Scottish Government’s national fuel poverty scheme Warmer Homes Scotland offers low-carbon alternatives, where these are technically appropriate for the property. These include High Heat Retention Electric Heating Systems, Air Source Heat Pumps, Ground Source Heat Pumps, Micro-hydro and Micro-wind systems. We have also extended the range of measures we fund through local Area Based Schemes to include zero/low carbon heating and microgeneration measures, as well as targeting hard to treat properties requiring external or complex cavity wall insulation.

Households that are not eligible for help as part of our fuel poverty programmes can apply for a Scottish Government loan via Home Energy Scotland. Help is available with the costs of purchasing and installing a heat pump worth up to £10,000 (this is made up of £2,500 loan and £7,500 cashback). Households can also apply for up to two home renewables systems per home as part of an overall loan package worth up to £17,500. More information about the cashback and loans available from the Scottish Government is published on the Home Energy Scotland website.

£200 million in grant funding is also available over the next five years through the Social Housing Net Zero Fund (SHNZF) to accelerate the delivery of energy efficient, zero emission heating systems to social housing projects across Scotland.