Work to combat fuel poverty for people across the West of Scotland has landed a national award for the South Ayrshire based Energy Agency. Based at Auchincruive, the organisation won Project Management Company of the Year at the prestigious National Energy Efficiency and Healthy Homes Awards 2017.
Sir Lenny Henry presented the award at a recent Gala Dinner at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel.
Accepting the award Liz Marquis of the Energy Agency said, "This award gives great recognition of the hard work, dedication and professionalism of our staff and highlights our expertise in managing these projects."
South Ayrshire Council has worked with the Energy Agency to install energy efficiency works on hundreds of properties in Ayr, Prestwick, Tarbolton and Troon in 2017, with external cladding added to buildings which are expected to help reduce bills by up to £200 a year.
Councillor Ian Cochrane, Chair of Energy Agency Management Board said, "It's a wonderful achievement to receive professional recognition for the efforts of our staff on these worthwhile projects. The Energy Agency is working hard with South Ayrshire Council to reduce fuel poverty in local communities and improve quality of lives."
The Energy Agency manages and delivers the Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland: Area Based Schemes on behalf of South Ayrshire, East Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway Council with funding provided by Scottish Government.
The schemes install solid wall insulation in targeted fuel poor communities with hard to treat homes. In partnership with NHS Ayrshire & Arran, research is also taking place into the health impact of these improvements.