Cllr Lawther said: “Its great news that the government has finally got around to dedicating £8million to helping to promote renewable energy sources for homes in Northern Ireland.
“This is a forward-thinking project which will encourage people to install environmentally-friendly heat and power sources in their houses.
“Homeowners will be able to apply for a grant of up to 50% of the cost of the equipment.
“The potential energy sources range from geothermal to hydro-power and mini-windmills.
Cllr Lawther concluded: “I am pleased that the government is announcing this scheme; however, I call on government to commit more money to this initiative and widen it to include those living in housing executive homes. I want this type of project to be as inclusive as possible, to ensure that everyone can help protect the environment.”