Pupils at Brechin High School were given the opportunities to learn about new technologies thanks to a new housing project.
Angus Council investment to renew the roof at Airlie Gardens sheltered housing complex in the town was recognised as an ideal chance to utilise renewable energy.
Photovoltaic panels provide the complex with its communal power, and any extra is fed back into the grid, providing income to the council.
Education visits by local secondary pupils was part of the contract that went to tender, won by Forster Group. The company is now working with pupils studying physics and construction.
Pupils visited the business today (Thursday) and received an overview of the business and gained insights into renewable technologies and construction processes. They were also able to make use of the company’s practical training area with hands on models of the panels, similar to those at Airlie Gardens.
Angus Council’s convener of communities, Donald Morrison said: “Forster Group has had previous links with Brechin High School and our housing team saw this as a great opportunity to build on this relationship. The result is an excellent collaboration between the council’s housing, property and education services, and a local contractor.
“I am delighted that it has proved such a success and that we have been able to incorporate the use of new technology within the building, and in the process give our pupils the opportunity to learn more about renewable energy.”
Forster Group chairman, John Forster, added: “We were delighted to work with Angus Council on this project to deliver our integrated roofing and solar PV services at Airlie Gardens. We have a long track record of working with Brechin High School, so the opportunity to incorporate an educational learning exercise into the contract fit perfectly with our commitment to providing community benefits.”