A GLASGOW-based company has been awarded a contract by SBC to design and install new solar panels at the council’s headquarters and several schools across the region.

The project, won by Campbell and Kennedy after a competitive tender bid, supports the council’s Local Development Plan and, once complete, is expected to contribute significantly towards its strategy to reduce CO2 emissions.

It will also support the Scottish Government’s target to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by at least 42 per cent by 2020.

The 11 schools that will benefit are: Galashiels Academy; Hawick and Selkirk High; as well as Clovenfords, Gordon, Kingsland, Lauder, Priorsford, St Ronan’s, Tweedbank and Westruther primaries.

Councillor Gordon Edgar, Scottish Borders Council’s energy efficiency champion 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.”

The project is due to be complete by the end of April.