Nearly £2 million of Scottish Government funding will go towards tackling North-east fuel poverty.
Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) Pathfinder Fund is being directed at businesses, community groups and individuals working and living in areas with particularly high levels of fuel poverty.
Aberdeen City Council has received funding of £1.26m, and Aberdeenshire Council more than £660,000 to pilot new and innovative approaches to cut energy bills and tackle climate change.
Local Government and Housing Minister Kevin Stewart, who is also Aberdeen Central MSP, visited Seaton Energy Centre to hear about the city’s pilot schemes, which will shape work when SEEP is rolled out across Scotland in 2018.
Mr Stewart said: “We remain committed to helping those who need it most.
“I want to ensure tackling fuel poverty is a priority for us and this funding will play an important role in making that happen.”
In Aberdeen, the money will go towards installing cladding at seven multi-storey blocks of 781 households.
Aberdeen City Council regeneration and transport spokesman Councillor Ross Grant welcomed the grant.
He said: “This will help to provide affordable warmth to more than 700 households in the city.
“It will also help us to improve and extend our award winning combined heat and power (CHP) network, which means more buildings in the city, such as Marischal College and Hanover Street School, will benefit from lower fuel costs and low carbon heat and hot water.”
Aberdeenshire will see more energy efficiency measures installed in social and private housing, as well as a biomass combined heat and power district heating system and insulation of some commercial buildings.