CICV responds to Scottish Government announcement to end solar PV funding from Home Energy Scotland

CICV responds to Scottish Government announcement to end solar PV funding from Home Energy Scotland

In response to the Scottish Government’s decision to discontinue funding for solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage under the Home Energy Scotland Grant and Loan scheme, Alan Wilson, Chair of the Construction Industry Collective Voice (CICV), a coalition of 29 professional and trade bodies within the UK construction sector, has voiced serious concerns regarding the potential setbacks this poses to Scotland’s low-carbon transition efforts.

“Solar PV and battery storage are not just about clean energy; they represent a commitment to long-term economic stability and environmental stewardship. Their exclusion from funding signals a worrying shift in policy that will undoubtedly discourage investment and innovation in Scotland’s renewable sector.

CICV responds to Scottish Government announcement to end solar PV funding from Home Energy Scotland
Alan Wilson, Chair of the CICV and Managing Director of SELECT

“A stable policy environment is essential for businesses to commit resources to developing, installing and maintaining low-carbon technologies. The current policy fluctuation risks stalling Scotland’s progress towards its environmental goals and shaking the confidence of market investors and the public alike.

“It will also significantly affect the training and skills development businesses within the renewable sector undertake. After numerous false starts with renewable technology funding, installers are increasingly wary of committing to training when support is so frequently withdrawn. Businesses need clarity and certainty to invest effectively, and this unpredictability severely hampers their ability to do so.

“This decision also directly and profoundly impacts Scottish households, especially those in more vulnerable economic positions. Without financial support, the initial cost of transitioning to renewable energy sources becomes prohibitive for many. This not only slows down individual progress towards energy independence but also widens the socioeconomic divide in access to clean technology. Ensuring all communities can participate and benefit from Scotland’s energy transition is crucial for its overall success and social equity.

“Moving forward, we must ensure continuity and consistency in our approach to realise our low-carbon ambitions fully. The abrupt end to funding these critical technologies could undermine the trust consumers and the marketplace has in all the nation’s low-carbon transition strategies. As always, we advocate dialogue to find a way forward rather than undermining Scotland’s sustainable future.”

About the CICV

The Construction Industry Collective Voice (CICV) coalition comprises 29 professional and trade bodies within the UK construction sector. Originally known as the Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum, CICV was rebranded in 2022.

The coalition actively lobbies the Government and tackles key issues facing the industry. By leveraging collective expertise, CICV advocates for crucial matters, including commercial and employment issues, future planning, skills development, and health and safety, demonstrating its dedication to building a resilient construction industry.

https://cicvforum.co.uk/