Schools go solar-powered in the Borders

Borders Council is to fit solar panels at 12 of its properties across the region in a bid to reduce its carbon footprint.

The local authority has teamed up with a Glasgow-based company to design and install photovoltaic solar panels at the cooncil’s head office and eleven local schools.

The contract was won by energy firm Campbell and Kennedy after a competitive tender bid.

By the end of this month, the council’s headquarters at Newtown St Boswells will be fitted with the panels, as will Galashiels Academy, Hawick High School and Selkirk High School.Solar panels will also be installed at eight more schools over the summer.

Selkirkshire councillor Gordon Edgar, the council’s energy efficiency spokesman, said: “We are committed to being an environmentally friendly organisation and are currently delivering our services with a considerably smaller carbon footprint.

“The council is already leading the way with a number of major energy saving projects around street lighting, electric vehicles and energy use in the community, and this solar panel scheme at 12 council properties will provide further benefits to the local environment.”

Campbell and Kennedy, which employs almost 200 staff nationwide, specialises in solar PV installation and maintenance.

10 Apr 2018

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