new scheme aimed at improving energy efficiency in South Warwickshire rural areas has just
received a major boost. The Energy Savings Trust has awarded £93,450 to the scheme as
part of a competition amongst local authorities to stimulate local energy efficiency.
The South Warwickshire Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) is a partnership with Rugby
Borough, Stratford District and Warwick District Councils, targeting a rural community in
each local authority area. It involves developing and promoting a package of discounted
measures to all householders, grants for the fuel poor and appointed skilled
contractors to carry out the work.
Councillor Frank Blackman, Chairman of Rugbys Housing Committee said,
"I am delighted with the award which will enhance the work and resources which
this Council is committing, to energy efficiency."
SWEEP was one of only 36 schemes throughout the UK to be awarded the grant. There were
100 applications and competition was very fierce.
The competition, called HECAction, was organised by the Energy Savings Trust,
Government funded organisation and promotes energy efficiency in the UK. This year, over
£3.73 million has been made available by the Energy Savings Trust from its Government
funding. With additional support from private sector funding, over £15 million will be
spent on energy measures.