Kelso receives an energy boost

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The Green Team pupils of eco-school Yetholm Primary joined local leaders, including MSP John Lamont, in welcoming Green Square, a dedicated renewable energy centre, to Scotland last month.

The Green Square store at 3 The Square in Kelso has now officially opened its doors.

The store offers homeowners in and around the Borders a one-stop shop for renewable energy supplies, including solar panels, pellet biomass stoves, solar thermal, biomass boilers, heat pumps and Xcel heatbank technology.

To mark the launch, children aged 7-16 were invited to get creative and design a futuristic eco-friendly house.

The winner, Susanna Robson, aged 11, and the Green Team – Florrie Abrams, Alex Redpath, Connor Rooney, Jack Anderson and Penny Inglis – all pupils from Yetholm Primary – presented a talk about the importance of the environment and educated the adults that being green is as simple as child’s play.

The morning of celebrations started with a welcome from Green Square director Richard Hiblen, followed by a speech from the new centre manager, Oliver Thyne.

Mr Thyne then presented Susanna with her prize of a new iPad and a £250 cheque for her school to spend on environmental projects.

Mr Thyne commented: “We are very excited to be here in Kelso; we have had an excellent response so far from people locally who seem keen to convert to green energy supplies.

“The launch exceeded our expectations and the presentation from the Yetholm school pupils was very entertaining and inspiring, and demonstrated the important views of our future generation.”

Following the speeches, the guests were invited to get “hands-on” and learn more about renewable energy through specifically-developed videos and a plethora of information around the store.

Mr Hiblen said: “I’ve worked in the industry for many years and found that a lot of homeowners want to be more environmentally friendly, however, they generally don’t know where to begin.

“The opening of Green Square, Kelso, means that Scottish Borders consumers now have all the information they need under one roof to make that step towards helping lower carbon emissions and benefiting both their pocket and the planet.”

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