Scottish Prison Service set to serve up solar-powered ‘porridge’

HMP Polmont
HMP Polmont

The Scottish Prison Service is set to install solar PV systems in three of its jails next week.

It has appointed Glasgow-based contractors Campbell & Kennedy to install a 50kWp roof-mounted photovoltaic system to both HMP Low Moss and HMYOI Polmont as well as a 40kWp system at Perth.

 The installations are part of the prison service’s carbon management plan, which aims to reduce overall total greenhouse gas emissions by a relative 20% over 5 years from 2010 to 2015, based on the 2008-09 baseline year, and measured against business as usual (BAU) emissions.

Works will commence on Monday (13 July) with all three installs being completed by the end of August.

Jason Lowey, Head of Energy at Campbell & Kennedy said, “Given the amount of electricity that is used at each of these sites, the installs will be a great way to reduce costs, as well as help the environment.”

* For younger readers, ‘porridge’ is the slang term for serving a prison sentence, as used at the fictional HMP Slade where actor Ronnie Barker played an inmate in the TV series of the same name.

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