Scottish home with solar array on roof

If the idea that students are workshy freeloaders hadn’t been laid bare as a total myth long ago, the work of Rebecca Worrall at Energy Saving Trust Scotland will certainly help to kill it altogether.

Rebecca has been working at our Scottish offices on the Green Homes Network  – a scheme that pretty much does what it says on the tin: showing people real green technologies working in real homes. It can often make the difference between taking the plunge towards energy self-sufficiency and deciding to put it on the back-burner.

We’re very pleased to report that Rebecca’s work has won the Central Scotland heat of the Environmental Placement Programme, beating nine other students who each had to demonstrate how they have helped their host organisation achieve a particular project.

She is now through to the final next week where she will compete with other finalists from across Scotland. The event will be launched by Stewart Stevenson MSP.

This is of course great news for her, but also great for raising awareness of the Green Homes Network amongst other environmental organisations who may want to get involved, so we’re especially pleased with our super student’s efforts.

While we’re on theme of awareness raising, there was a good piece in The Scotsman earlier this week about exactly the project Rebecca excelled in, in which our Scottish director Mike Thornton makes an excellent point about the reasons Scots have more reason than most to explore the idea of home renewables:

“With wind, sunshine and rain, sometimes all within the space of 24 hours, our weather can be unpredictable – but it can also be a great source of energy for your home.”

There’s an open day of all the green homes we’ve got signed up taking place on Saturday 29 September. You can find out more at