Intel Ireland brings Solar for Schools project to Maynooth

BITCI News - Members News - Environment - Oct 22, 2020

Intel Ireland has announced the latest instalment in the ‘Solar for Schools’ program – a unique and innovative solar technology project that enables schools and community organisations in North Kildare to generate their own energy supply directly from the Sun.

The expansion of the Solar for Schools program this year has seen three schools in the Maynooth area and one in Leixlip receive a solar package. The package includes 12 highly efficient monocrystalline solar modules per school along with a monitoring system and 40″ TV to display the live output. The schools also receive operation and management support of the system for 3 years and engagement with the students by way of a ‘green chat’ which helps them to learn more about the solar program and energy conservation.

The four schools who have just joined the project are:

  • Scoil Eoin Phoil, Leixlip, Co. Kildare
  • Gael Scoil Ui Fhiaich, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
  • Presentation Girls Maynooth, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
  • Maynooth Educate Together, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

In total this year, 48 monocrystalline solar modules have been installed at the five schools, generating a combined total of 12,800 kWhs per annum. By generating this green energy in the schools and reducing CO2 emissions, the combined systems will offset the equivalent of 1,173,112 smartphone charges annually.

Intel first launched the Solar for Schools initiative in 2017 providing Solar PV-and-Battery powered technology to 5 primary schools based in the Leixlip area. The initiative continued into 2018, taking on a slightly different approach, when the solar project was extended to the Leixlip Amenities Centre. Last year the Solar for Schools program expanded to include primary schools in the Celbridge area with five additional schools receiving a solar technology package.

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