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.
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.
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.
We have produced short webinars that cover guidance on the procurement process in Scotland. These are designed to help you by providing more in-depth explanations, as well as examples of how to navigate your way through various aspects of the procurement journey.
There are a total of 16 webinars from which you can pick and choose the relevant topic you want to learn about. You can watch all of the webinars via the Bid Better for Public Sector Tenders playlist.
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.
Aberdeen Air Source Heating Ltd: adapting to the increasing demand for heat pump installationsRobert Devine and George Keith of Aberdeen Air Source Heating Ltd share the story of their journey into the renewable energy sector. Here they talk about the reasons behind transitioning from installing gas boilers to heat pumps. Case study
Acer Mechanical Services Ltd: MCS heat pump certificationThere are many reasons why heating installers are seeing a rise in demand for heat pump installations. Read on to see why Jonathan Daly decided to diversify his business, Acer Mechanical Services Ltd, into heat pumps and apply for the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). Case study
RGM Heating Ltd: becoming a TrustMark-registered businessGraeme Robertson, Director of RGM Heating Ltd shares why he became TrustMark-registered. He also discusses his experiences of the process and the benefits TrustMark has brought to the business. Case study
Union Technical: embracing the growing demand for green heat technologyGreen heat installers are experiencing an increasing demand for alternative heating solutions to gas and oil.
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.
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.
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.
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…