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Bird Gardens Scotland CIC in Lauder, Berwickshire

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Bird Gardens Scotland CIC, near Lauder in the Scottish Borders, is on its way to becoming a leading conservation breeding centre for endemic and exotic bird species.

Powered by volunteers and effective partnerships, through which it sources materials and resources to develop the site, Bird Gardens Scotland educates visitors about the inherent value of nature.

The site, which includes gardens brimming with native wildflowers and orchards, provides plenty of opportunities for visitors to engage with nature.

Director Owen Joiner was keen to install solar panels on the roof of the recently constructed resource centre. He contacted Zero Waste Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Business Support Service for advice.

A consultant visited the site and recommended that the solar PV array could be combined with a battery storage system. The consultant’s report projected these measures would save the business around £2,953 each year and reduce its carbon emissions by 9.7 tonnes each year.

Owen took advantage of The Scottish Government’s interest-free SME Loan to help fund the project, which he said was done “on a shoestring”. He worked with Install Solar, based in Livingston, and XeroGrid, based in Leeds, to install the solar PV array and battery storage respectively.

To find out more, read Bird Gardens Scotland's full case study.

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