Tighean Innse Gall (TIG) has won the ‘Installer of the Year’ Award at the Energy Action Scotland Annual Conference and Exhibition 2019. 

They say: "This award is a superb achievement and a great honour for TIG and its staff in recognition of their high quality delivery of energy efficiency works for fuel poor households."

Energy Action Scotland’s Fuel Poverty Awards 2019 were established to recognise excellence in the fight to eradicate fuel poverty. The EAS Fuel Poverty Awards winner was decided by a panel of industry-leading expert advisors across a series of criteria, including: innovative approaches to tackling fuel poverty, value and energy efficiency.

TIG Chair Brian Chaplin commented: “On behalf of the communities we work for I’d like to offer a massive congratulations and well done to the team for achieving this award, a credit well deserved. It recognises that as we are local, trusted and for the community we are best placed to deliver energy efficiency because we have the skills, determination and capacity to deliver for our islands, from Vatersay to Ness”.

Norman Kerr OBE Director of Energy Action Scotland said: “I’m delighted that Tighean Innse Gall has won the Installer of the Year award at the Energy Action Scotland Fuel Poverty Awards. They represent everything that is good about the industry, local and trusted and importantly delivering an end to end service. I hope they continue to provide these high quality services for many years to come. A truly dedicated team working for and on behalf of the community they are so imbedded in.  Well done”.

Tighean Innse Gall’s expertise and skill has been to blend the Scottish Government’s energy efficiency area based funds ‘HEEPS:ABS’ with ‘ECO’ funds from larger utility companies where they have to meet UK legislative obligations.  TIG’s experience and track record in achieving this complicated mix has secured their appointment as agents for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s  element of the ‘HEEPS: ABS’ scheme for the last six years and has delivered in excess of £15m funding to date. The ability to use ECO to help those in our communities most affected by fuel poverty is by far the highest of any other local authority area in Scotland with over 235 households per 1000 being reached.  This places TIG in the top 5 areas for the UK (with the other 4 by contrast being densely urban English cities & towns).

Councillor Kenny John MacLeod, Chair of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Communities & Housing Committee said: “I am really pleased to hear that TIG has won the Installer of the Year award. TIG has been our Managing Agent for the HEEPS scheme since it started in 2013 and in that time they have delivered an excellent service to the islands. 

"Since 2013, the Comhairle has been awarded £12m of HEEPS:ABS funding from the Scottish Government for energy efficiency works, which TIG has used to lever an additional £3m of funding.  Together, this has benefited 2500 local households through a range of works, such as their successful Room in Roof scheme, aimed at reducing fuel bills. Addressing Fuel Poverty is a key action for the Comhairle, so I am very grateful to see TIG getting this recognition.”

Tighean Innse Gall is the local Community Benefit Society for the Outer Hebrides delivering the Home Energy Efficiency Programme: Area Based Scheme on behalf of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and the Scottish Government.

Tighean Innse Gall runs numerous services including Insulation services, in home energy advice, new & refurbished housing options, home safety and Care & Repair which all assist clients with saving energy and improving living standards.

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) was set up in 2013 by the UK government to help fund installation of energy efficiency measures, to reduce carbon emissions and help qualifying low-income households cut their fuel bills.  Eligibility for ECO depends on a number of factors, like tenure, benefits and tax credits.

The EAS ‘Installer of the Year’ award was judged on the following criteria: Energy efficiency: does the entry clearly identify clear environmental benefit? Innovation: did the entry demonstrate new/novel solutions to tackling fuel poverty? Social benefit: have communities or households benefited? Economic benefit: have reductions in energy bills or energy use been achieved? Quantitative evidence of impact: are the theories supported by measurable improvements? Possible adoption by others: can others replicate the procedures?

Energy Action Scotland (EAS) campaigns for an end to fuel poverty in Scotland and is the only national charity with this sole remit.

Top Left - Norman Kerr, OBE Director of Energy Action Scotland. Top Right- Stewart Wilson, TIG CEO.
Bottom L- Donald Mackinnon, TIG Depute CEO. Bottom R- Baroness Helen Liddell.