Hebridean Housing Parnership (HHP) was delighted with the announcement in Nivember 2011 by the Department of Energy And Climate Change (DECC) that HHP is one of twenty four social housing providers across the UK to have been awarded a share of the £4 million fund to install green heating systems in the houses of their tenants. There were 125 bids submitted. HHP received the highest level of the award – £175k. The Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said:
“This scheme directly targets many of the people who could struggle to pay their heating bills in the winter and I am pleased so many in the social housing orgainsations acress the country will be able to get a share of the cash. It will encourage an increase in the number of new heating technologies in social housing and help people deal with expensive fuel costs.”
Commenting on the award, the Chairman of HHP, George Lonie, said that the grant was a welcome boost to HHP’s goals of reducing the level of fuel poverty being experienced by tenants.
The bids were evaluated by a panel of experts including the Scottish and Welsh Governments, Energy Savings Trust and DECC representatives.
greenspaceLive have been engaged to carry out a study on a number of houses and the results of the study will inform future survey and investment works.