The town has secured an energy efficiency grant through Fife Council and Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP)
Businesses, homes and community facilities in Dunfermline are set to become more energy efficient, thanks to a Scottish Government energy fund grant secured by Fife Council.
They’ll benefit from a boost of £348,301 which the Council has received through Scotland’s Energy Efficient Programme (SEEP) pathfinder fund to drive down energy bills, tackle climate change and reduce fuel poverty.
According to the Council, the SEEP funding will be used to benefit a business centre, three schools, a community centre and around 50 social houses, in which energy efficiency measures and low carbon heat supply will be installed and extended respectively.
It says it will use the funding to create an integrated approach to energy efficiency and reduce the need for heat in domestic, non-domestic and commercial properties in Dunfermline to boost the economy and substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This will involve installing energy efficiency measures in preparation for connection to heat networks, and extending the biomass system in a business centre.
The Council has committed to investing in a 1MW biomass installation to increase the supply of low carbon heat to Dunfermline Community Energy Scheme, which it says will then be able to provide heat for the town centre.
It says the programme will build on Fife Council’s extensive experience of delivering Energy Awareness sessions and campaigns to engage all building users involved in more energy efficient behaviour, to reduce their energy costs and promote low carbon behaviour change. Fife Council’s Energy Management Team will work with environmental charity Changeworks to engage staff, building users and householders to reduce their energy use and costs.
Cllr John Wincott, Fife Council’s environment and transport spokesperson, said: “Securing this funding is great news for Fife. This Pathfinder funding will be used to pilot various projects aimed at reducing fuel poverty and cutting down carbon emissions. The projects that we have identified will enable us to look at both of these issues, both in domestic and commercial premises.
“In Fife we have chosen to utilise this money primarily in the Dunfermline area, where it will be used to benefit approximately 50 Council houses, three schools, a community centre and a business centre.
“Fife Council owned Resource Efficient Solutions will coordinate and drive the programme using the expertise of the Climate Change team.”
According to Fife Council, Scotland spends £2.6 billion annually on heating and cooling its homes and businesses.
Resource Efficient Solutions (RES) coordinates Fife Council’s energy related interests, identified Dunfermline as a priority area.
Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) Pathfinder Fund is directed at businesses, community groups and individuals working and living in areas with particularly high levels of fuel poverty, and is extending Fife Council’s existing work in this area.