On August 21, 2020, the Scottish government announced the fast-tracking of a GBP 20 million low-carbon heat fund for social housing. Scotland’s energy minister, Paul Wheelhouse, said:
“This £20 million Social Housing Net Zero Heat fund will deliver rapid investment to support both our energy and construction sectors whilst reducing bills for those who in many cases have been worst-hit by the economic impact of COVID-19.”
To support Scotland’s green recovery from the pandemic, the fund will be distributed in the coming year, mainly supporting shovel-ready projects. The money will be provided through a blended model of capital grant funding with loan funding available as a partial match. Depending on the location of the social housing properties, different technologies and construction projects are supported, such as air-source, ground-source, and water-source heat pumps; the connection to existing heat networks; and integrated low-carbon heating systems.