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Please note that this page contains information and links most relevant for people living in Scotland.

Support hub for small businesses across Scotland working on energy efficiency, heating systems and micro generation. Here you will find research, case studies and online tools to help your business.

Installer toolkits

We’ve created a Heat Pump Installer Toolkit and Insulation Toolkit to help you get started on your upskilling journey. You can find information on college courses, funding, installation considerations and the latest government legislation.

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Renewables Installer Finder

If you are a MCS certified installer, you can access Home Energy Scotland Grant and/or Loan work streams for renewables systems and register for free on the Renewables Installer Finder. This tool is an easy way to promote your company for free and reach new customers.

Online tools - procurement

Other resources also available to help you with bidding for public sector tenders in Scotland include the Supplier Development Programme (SDP) and The Supplier Journey.

SDP is a partnership of local authorities designed to help businesses with little or no experience in tendering. They deliver this support through a programme of free training and events.

The Supplier Journey is a Scottish Government website which provides guidance on how to bid for public sector contracts using a step-by-step format.

Local Homes Portal

Local Homes Portal is a tool developed with the support and funding of the Scottish Government and the European Commission as part of the Request2Action (R2A) project.  The tool was designed to help suppliers (and other groups) understand the energy efficiency and renewables market in Scotland.

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Our guides

How to become a heat pump installer in Scotland

Learn about the skills required and the colleges currently offering courses to become a heat pump installer in Scotland.

Domestic heat pumps best practice guide

The guide provides a single source of best practice guidance to help support the UK heat pump industry. 

Procurement guide

If you are looking to bid for public sector contracts in the energy efficiency and renewables marketplace, check out our procurement guide.

Green heat installer events

We organise networking events, webinars, workshops and information sessions. All free of charge to attend. Find out more about our upcoming sessions, as well as past events.

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Skills, funding and certification

If you’re an installer or an assessor working in the domestic or non-domestic sectors, getting the correct certifications can open doors for your business.

Both the UK and Scottish governments run schemes making money available to both households and businesses to make energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements to their property and premises. 

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A selection of research papers covering skills gap and training needs, energy efficiency and low carbon market, changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, as well as feedback on industry workshops carried out in Scotland.

Pathways to engagement with low carbon heat: an industry perspective

In March 2021, we partnered with SNIPEF and CSIC to commission a report to explore the different routes to engaging in low…

Heat Network Skills Initiative 2021

Completed in March 2021, this subsequent report provides an in-depth analysis of the approach and methodology in developing the courses, in addition…

Heat network skills in Scotland 2020

In 2019 we commissioned a research project to determine the skill gaps and training needs of the Heat Network supply chain in…

Renewable Heat Incentive scheme – consultation update 2016

On 14 December 2016, the UK Government published their response to the consultation on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. The consultation…

Energy efficiency and microgeneration – industry research feedback 2016

Energy Saving Trust held two workshops with the energy efficiency and microgeneration industry in May/June 2016 to identify what the key barriers…

Microgeneration industry workshop feedback 2015

Energy Saving Trust organised a microgeneration workshop in May 2015 to identify what the key barriers are facing the industry in Scotland.…

Supply chain analysis of remote rural and island areas of Scotland 2015

A report commissioned in 2014 to analyse the supply chain in remote rural and island areas of Scotland. The report, funded by…

Green Deal market insight report for Scotland 2015

We produced a dashboard report providing Green Deal market insights for Scotland (March 2015) in terms of both supply and demand. This report…

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Last updated: 9 April 2024