Fund­ing en­er­gises is­lands

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A re­new­able en­ergy project in Iona has scooped a £183,777 from a fund­ing pot.

Iona Re­new­ables is one of 15 UK-based char­i­ties al­lo­cated a chunk of £2.1mil­lion from the En­ergy In­dus­try Vol­un­tary Re­dress Scheme.

Also ben­e­fit­ing from a £202,809 share is The En­ergy Ad­vi­sory Ser­vice SCIO for the West­ern Isles. The project will host a road­show, con­duct home vis­its and in­tro­duce a re­fer­ral pro­gramme aimed at re­duc­ing fuel poverty in more than 1,000 re­mote house­holds across the is­lands.

Iona Re­new­ables is ex­plor­ing ways of clean­ing up heat. It will also be look­ing at how to deal with en­ergy vul­ner­a­bil­ity in in­ac­ces­si­ble ar­eas such as the In­ner He­brides.

The suc­cess­ful projects in­clude de­liv­er­ing en­ergy ad­vice to vul­ner­a­ble house­holds, work­ing with the health sec­tor to sup­port peo­ple at risk from cold damp homes, in­stalling in­no­va­tive heat net­works and de­vel­op­ing soft­ware to en­able low in­come homes to pur­chase dis­counted en­ergy.

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