Centre has been confirmed as one of the beneficiaries of an energy fund grant announced earlier in the year
Dunfermline Business Centre is set to become more energy efficient thanks to a grant secured by Fife Council from a Scottish Government energy fund.
It’s one of the beneficiaries of a share in £348,301 awarded by Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) to drive down energy bills, reduce fuel poverty and tackle climate change.
The fund will also be used to benefit Milesmark, Pittencrieff and McLean primary schools in Dunfermline, as well as Baldridgeburn Community Centre and around 50 properties in the Baldridgeburn area.
The energy efficiency measures being installed include a range of building insulation and draught proofing, LED lighting, heating controls in preparation for connection to heat networks, and extending low carbon energy provision.
The Council says these innovations will reduce energy demand in these properties, and provide valuable knowledge to reduce energy consumption, not just in Fife, but across Scotland and beyond.
It plans to 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 reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Fife Council says the programme will build on its 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.
Its Energy Management Team is to 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: “This Pathfinder funding will be used to pilot projects to reduce fuel poverty and cut carbon emissions, which are top priorities for Fife Council. Work is already underway to ensure that Dunfermline’s local people, communities and businesses benefit from the funding.
“Fife Council owned Resource Efficient Solutions will coordinate and drive the programme using the expertise of the Climate Change & Zero Waste team.”
Cllr Lesley Laird, spokesperson for Economy and Planning, said: “We are pleased to receive funding through SEEP pathfinder fund to allow energy efficiency projects to be taken forward at Dunfermline Business Centre. These improvements will enable Fife Council to provide more energy efficient offices for local businesses.”
Fife Council has committed to investing in a 1MW biomass installation to increase the supply of low carbon heat to Dunfermline Community Energy Scheme. This will enable Dunfermline’s energy scheme to provide to heat for the town centre.
It says Scotland spends £2.6 billion annually on heating and cooling homes and businesses.
Resource Efficient Solutions (RES), which coordinates Fife Council’s energy related interests, identified Dunfermline as a priority area.