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Borders College Galashiels

Borders College, Galashiels

230 tonnes of carbon saved in 20174320 estimated tonnes of carbon saved over 20 years 95% of the campus' heating requirements delivered

A partnership between Scottish Borders College, Scottish Water Horizons and SHARC Energy Systems has resulted in a scheme that now supplies the vast majority of the Campus’ annual heating and hot water demand.

The challenge: The team at Borders College Campus in Galashiels were looking for a way to meet their carbon reduction targets by replacing their existing gas heating system with a sustainable alternative.

Catering for over 6,000 students, the campus contains a range of buildings including the modern main building and an 18th century mill.

The solution:  Working with SHARC Energy Systems, we installed a heat recovery system to support the entire campus by tapping into the town’s sewer networks.

The scheme included a purpose built energy centre to house the technology, which was designed with the specific requirements of the college in mind.

The system also had a number of benefits that addressed specific issues the campus had with other technologies, for example space constraints.

All of this work was financed using a heat sale model which meant that Borders College did not have to commit to any capital expenditure but instead entered into a 20 year heat sale agreement with SHARC Energy Systems. 

The result: The SHARC system now provides the campus with the majority of it’s heating demands (around 1.9 GWh a year) and saves them over 230 tonnes of carbon per annum.

Officially opened by Fergus Ewing (then Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism) the scheme is attracting interest from public and private companies around the country.

The first installation of its kind in the UK, Border College scheme was the recipient of two industry awards in 2017 for the innovative delivery of sustainable heat.


The sewage energy recovery infrastructure which was installed at Scottish Borders College by Scottish Water Horizons and SHARC Energy Systems won the Best Innovation accolade at a prestigious event in Edinburgh.