Field of dreams for Midlothian college campus plan

An impression of what the solar meadow will look like.

An impression of what the solar meadow will look like.

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Jewel & Esk College plans to offset the threat of funding cuts by kick-starting an ambitious project to generate its own electricity.

As reported in the Advertiser in November, the college faces losing more than 244 student places under plans by the Scottish Government which could slash its annual budget by almost £800,000.

College bosses believe they could save around £150,000 a year in electricity bills by creating a solar power site in a field next to its Dalhousie Road campus.

They believe the ‘Solar Meadow’ could effectively “save” the struggling college.

The first of its kind in Scotland, it is estimated that the energy generator’s 700-800 solar panels could generate around 1076 KW of energy each day – enough electricity for the campus to be self-sufficient and not rely on the National Grid.

Should Midlothian Council approve the plans, surplus electricity would be made available to local community groups.

The project would cost £300,000 butwould have paid for itself in two years.

Read full story in the December 1 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.