Perth & Kinross Council has backed the installation of rooftop solar systems on four of its schools and the council’s own IT department building.

The council has appointed installer Campbell & Kennedy to fit the systems following a competitive tender process, and the company will now deliver the design, supply, installation, connection and commissioning of all five solar systems.

Works are to be completed during the summer school holidays in order to minimise disruption and are expected to be completed by early August.

Display monitors are to be fitted in the reception area of each school to show live energy generation data and Jason Lowey, head of energy at Campbell & Kennedy said projects in schools could have extra benefits in introducing children to renewable energy.

“We are often concerned about skills shortages in the renewable energy sector and hope that projects such as this can not only benefit the council and school financially but also the local economy.

“We hope it will open more student’s eyes to a new career they may not have thought about before through companies like ours providing useful information on the industry,” Lowey said.