Orkney Islands Council has announced the appointment of Warmworks Scotland (Warmworks), following a competitive tendering process, as the new Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland: Area-Based Scheme (HEEPS: ABS) Managing Agent for Orkney.
HEEPS: ABS has helped over 600 households over the past 5 years within Orkney and with the new contract awarded to Warmworks, the scheme aims to make homes warmer and more energy efficient through the installation of energy-saving improvements, primarily insulation.
Eligible households can receive funding for:
The Scottish Government has awarded the Council with £1.5 million in funding for the HEEPS: ABS scheme in Orkney for 2020 to 2021. Up to £10,000 is available per applicant. However, a higher grant award of £14,000 can be considered in certain circumstances.
Warmworks is a trusted, established company that has been working throughout Orkney since 2015 as the Managing Agent of the Scottish Government’s national fuel poverty scheme, Warmer Homes Scotland. Since 2015, that scheme has already helped 200 households across Orkney to have more peace of mind about staying warm in their homes and saving money on their energy bills.
Warmworks was joined by Councillor Sandy Cowie, Vice Chair of the Education, Leisure and Housing Committee, to open their new Kirkwall office on Monday 20 July, situated at The Store, 5 West Tankerness Lane, their first outside Edinburgh.
Councillor Cowie wishes to encourage people to sign up for this funding when it opens: “We are very pleased to see Warmworks making this additional investment in Orkney with the opening of their office this week. We want to encourage anyone who thinks they might be eligible for funding to get in touch with Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282 to make sure they do not lose out.”
Warmworks’ delivery approach will build on its established partnerships with local companies in Orkney, focusing on quality and customer care. All sub-contractors working on HEEPS: ABS will come from Warmworks’ register of accredited, qualified and local installation companies.
Ross Armstrong, Managing Director of Warmworks said: “I am absolutely delighted that Warmworks has been awarded the contract from Orkney Islands Council to deliver HEEPS: ABS and it’s great to have officially opened our new office in Kirkwall.
“Orkney has already made some positive progress in the field of energy efficiency and new technologies and Warmworks is committed to playing our part continuing those efforts, ensuring that we deliver a first-class service to our customers, and their families, helping them become warmer, happier and healthier in their homes.
“This marks an exciting opportunity for Warmworks as a business to extend our existing presence across Orkney and it also provides us with the chance to support the local community in a meaningful, sustainable way.”
More details about the new scheme will be made available online over the coming weeks and Warmworks plans to work with a range of local partners to identify suitable customers.