The Scot-Government will this month invite bids for contracts worth up to £224 million over seven years to deliver a new national fuel poverty scheme from 2015.
The new scheme will deliver energy efficiency measures such as better insulation and heating systems, helping to create warmer and greener homes for thousands of Scots.
The Invitation to Tender (ITT) for the contract is expected to be published by 30 October.
The contract is worth £16 million to £32 million per annum with a term of five years, extendable to seven years. The £224 million value represents the higher annual spend at the full seven year term and will depend on the successful bidder levering in funding from other sources, such as the Energy Company Obligation.
The announcement comes as a campaign was launched yesterday to encourage Scots to take advantage of free help which is available now to reduce their winter fuel bills.
The Home Energy Scotland campaign seeks to provide householders with free and impartial advice on support to help cut energy bills, whatever their circumstances.
Launching the campaign, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “It takes just one phone call to the Home Energy Scotland hotline to see if you can save money on winter fuel bills, and I would encourage people to call the hotline on 0808 808 2282, or visit the HES website.
“It is a national scandal that there should be any fuel poverty in an energy-rich country like Scotland, and that is why I am delighted to announce a contract worth up to £224 million over seven years for the delivery of a new national fuel poverty scheme from 2015.
“This will build on the success of the Energy Assistance Scheme, which has provided over 46,000 vulnerable households with heating and/or insulation measures over the past five years.
“This long term contract will help thousands more households over the next few years, and is testament to our commitment to helping Scots escape fuel poverty.”