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  Are you interested in renewable technology?
  Micro Renewables technologies have the potential to help achieve objectives of tackling climate change, ensuring reliable energy and tackling fuel poverty. The technologies cover the generation of electricity or heat and in some cases both. A number of SNIPEF members are able to undertake the installation of micro renewable products including:
  • Solar Heating – this technology uses the sun’s heat and light to provide input to conventional heating systems, principally for heating hot water.
  • Heat pumps- these systems extract heat from natural sources – ground, air, water – and use this to power conventional heating systems. In general, these systems will need to be supplemented by a conventional power source, normally electric, to guarantee a predictable heat output. These pumps are typically at their most efficient when producing water for heating at around 45º C, which would normally be for under floor systems.
  • Biomass boilers – these drive conventional heating systems, but use renewable fuels such as wood chip or wood pellet.

Home Renewables Loan Scheme

Save up to £610* a year with green heating systems

With winter just around the corner many homeowners may be considering switching to a more affordable source of heating, such as a heat pump or wood-fuelled boiler. Not only is it kinder to the environment it can also make a difference to their energy costs potentially saving them up to £610* each year, depending on the type of system.

Green heating needn’t break the bank

With a range of financial support available, now is a great time for homeowners to consider a new heating system.  We know that upfront finance can sometimes be a barrier, but through the Energy Saving Trust there’s various support to help homeowners make the move…

         Interest free loans of up to £10,000 from the Scottish Government, with a payback of 8 years

This could mean that upfront costs are either mostly or totally covered, for example, if someone buys an air source heat pump for £9,000 they could claim an £850 grant towards the cost of the system plus an £8,150 interest free loan. In addition to this, homeowners may be able to earn cash from their heating system through the UK Government’s domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, even if they install now, subject to meeting the eligibility criteria.  This scheme should be available from summer 2013.

*based on replacing electric heating with a ground source heat pump in a 3 bed semi-detached home. 



Green Homes Cashback Scheme- extended from 2 June 2014


£500 vouchers available for installing condensing boilers

On 9 May 2014, Scottish Government Ministers announced an extension to the Green Homes Cashback Scheme (the previous scheme having ended on 31 March 2014). Under the extended scheme, individuals in Scotland could benefit from a grant of up to £500 for the installation of a condensing boiler and grants are also available for other energy efficiency measures. Customers have to apply through the Energy Saving Trust and grants are available to owner occupiers, private and social tenants and private sector landlords. The extended scheme will operate with effect from 2 June 2014 although customers can register interest in advance of that date.

More information on how to apply can be found at Energy Saving Trust’s website

Gas Infill Loan Scheme - Now Open For Notifications Of  Interest


A £5 million scheme to improve the energy efficiency of Scotland’s households has recently been unveiled by Housing Minister Keith Brown.The Gas Infill Loans Scheme offers funding to individual home owners, local authorities, registered social landlords (RSLs) and other organisations working in partnership with their local Energy Saving Scotland Advice Centres, to enable more Scottish households to connect to the gas grid. 

Figures suggest that over 22,000 households in Scotland could be connected to the gas network through relatively simple, low-cost extension or infill schemes. 


The Gas Infill Loans Scheme provides loan funding for gas infill projects and gas grid extension projects.  In areas on, or very close to, the existing gas grid, connection to the gas grid is in most cases is a cost-effective way of reducing energy bills and tackling fuel poverty.

Loan funding is available to support:

  • gas infill projects – this means projects to connect groups of owner-occupied houses within the existing gas grid but not currently connected to it; and
  • gas grid extension projects – this means projects to connect groups of houses located sufficiently close to the existing grid to be connected at a reasonable cost, taking account of the various sources of funding support available.

You can find out more details about the loans scheme via the Energy Saving Trust website:


Or contact your local Energy Saving Scotland advice centre on 0800 512 012.

Scottish Energy Installers Alliance Launched

The Scottish Energy Installers Alliance (SEIA) has been launched. This Alliance is a powerful voice for over 60% of the Scottish Construction Industry with some 3,500 member firms and more than 30,000 skilled operatives and apprentices. The Scottish Energy Installers Alliance will strongly represent the views and interests of energy efficiency, energy savings and renewable energy solutions installers in Scotland to national and local government, clients, the professions, institutions, other trade groups, the media and all other relevant groups.


The SEIA membership consists of:

  • Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers' Federation (SNIPEF)
  • Scottish Building Federation
  • SELECT (Scotland's trade association for the electrical, electronics and communications systems industry)
  • Building and Engineering Services Association (B&ES) (formerly the Heating and Ventilating Contractors’ Association) (Scotland)
  • Glass & Glazing Federation (GGF)
  • National Insulation Association (NIA)
  • Construction Licensing Executive (CLE)
  • Scottish Renewables
  • Asset Skills (the Sector Skills Council for facilities management, housing, property, planning, cleaning and parking)
  • Construction Skills (Scotland)
  • Energy & Utility Skills Group (the Sector Skills Council for the gas, power, waste management and water sector)
  • SummitSkills (the Sector Skills Council for the building services engineering sector)

With the impending introduction of the Green Deal and the continuing focus on energy efficiency, energy savings and microgeneration, the spectrum of building service technologies that is now subject to and dependent on UK and Scottish Governmental programs is hugely increased. The Scottish Energy Installers Alliance (SEIA) is being established to ensure that Scottish micro, small and medium size firms can be involved from the outset in Green Deal and similar opportunities, that processes and procedures are simple, straightforward and affordable and that the Scottish skill and qualification norms are protected.

Commenting on the launch, Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment, said:

“I welcome today's launch of the Scottish Energy Installers Alliance. "The Scottish Government is working closely with DECC to ensure that businesses in Scotland are able to make use of the Green Deal and get the most out any energy efficiency measures. It is essential that firms across the engineering and construction sectors can contribute towards our carbon emissions reduction targets."

For more information on SEIA click here.

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