A trio of prisons in Scotland are to receive rooftop solar installations this week after installer Campbell & Kennedy won a tender process started at the end of March.

The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) tendered the three projects on 31 March which included a 50kWp system to be installed on the Energy Centre building at HMP Low Moss, a 50kWp system to be installed at HMYOI Polmont and a 40kWp system at HMP Perth.

Campbell & Kennedy secured all three tenders and work is due to start today (Monday) on the first installation, and all three will contribute towards the SPS’ five-year carbon management plan which intends to reduce greenhouse has emissions by 20% by the end of this year.

“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,” Jason Lowey, head of energy at Campbell & Kennedy, said.

Last month the Scottish government launched a consultation that proposes the removal of planning permission requirements for commercial rooftop solar installs in order to help stimulate the technology’s roll-out in the country.