Leixlip schools go Green thanks to Intel, SSE Airtricity

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1 December 2017 | 0

Five schools in Leixlip have moved to sustainable energy as part of the Solar for Schools programme run by SSE Airtricity and Intel Ireland.

The scheme is supported by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) as part of its Better Energy Communities fund.

Scoil Bhride, Scoil Mhuire, Scoil San Carlo Junior, Scoil San Carlo Senior and Gaelscoil Ui Dhalaigh received eight Solar PV panels and one LG Chem battery, each capable of storing enough energyto typically power more than 10 school computers or interactive whiteboards each day.

The energy generated from the sun and stored for use by the five Leixlip schools is enough to offset over 50 tonnes of harmful CO2 emissions annually.

Roy Baker, director of transformation, SSE Airtricity, said: “At SSE Airtricity we’re passionate about innovating and investing in the design of tomorrow’s greener and smarter energy system. Over the next 20 years, renewable energy and smart grids will change the way in which we use electricity, and the electricity we use will continue to decarbonise.”

Speaking about the initiative, director of public affairs at Intel Ireland Hugh Hardiman said: “Intel Ireland is committed to being a leader in environmental sustainability and has demonstrated this commitment since first establishing operations here in Leixlip in 1989.

“We are also committed to, and proud of, our strong and longstanding relationship with our local communities and this project provides an innovative way for us to support local schools as they embark on their renewable energy journey”.

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