Area Based Schemes

Since 2007, a new approach to creating warmer, more fuel efficient and sustainable communities was developed the Energy Agency through its Community Energy Programmes. By combining funding streams, the Energy Agency was able to offer all households, in a selected geographical community, an energy efficiency solution to their household along with appropriate energy advice, regardless of house type and ownership. 

Working in partnership with the Councils and other organisations, the same holistic model isbeing applied in rural and urban communities throughout our area. All available funding sources are combined such as government initiatives and utility funding to obtain maximum benefit.  For some projects, where full funding is not available, households are invited to make a small contribution.  This is an extremely successful way to achieve carbon reductions and promote sustainability in local communities.

The Energy Agency currently manages the Councils’ Energy Efficient Scotland: Area Based Schemes (EES:ABS) on behalf of East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, and Dumfries and Galloway. 

This model has won 13 regional, national and international awards including the Scottish Energy Efficiency Awards for Large Scale Project of the Year and the national Energy Awards for Residential Project of the Year in 2021.