The Scottish Government have announced the establishment of Scotland's Heat Network Fund, backed by £300 million of funding, supporting the development and roll out of zero emission heat networks. This new fund takes over from the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme and is part of an overall £1.8 billion committed over the course of this parliament, aimed at decarbonising heating in buildings.
The fund will support projects where the heat for individual properties is supplied from a communal source, examples being some homes, schools, workplaces and other buildings.
In addition, the Scottish Government have also announced the opening of applications to the Social Housing Net Zero Heat Development Fund, which will target small- and medium-sized registered social landlords (RSLs) who require additional support to plan and deliver the roll out of zero emissions heating within their housing stock. Furthermore, funding for Fabric First energy efficiency projects in social housing has been extended for an additional two years.
Scotland’s Heat Network Fund is open to all public and private sector applicants and proposals can be submitted to the fund at any time, with quarterly reports to be provided showing committed spend against the allocated budget.
The Social Housing Net Zero Heat Development Fund will be open to applications from 21 February to 30 May 2022, on the understanding that all development work be fully completed by 31 October 2022, although possible extensions may be granted depending on the scale of the work being undertaken.
Applications for Fabric First funding can be submitted from 21 February 2022, with all works being completed by 30 March 2024.
Source: Scottish Government, 21 February 2022