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Friday 29 August 2014

Company gives Horeswood school a huge €10,000-plus 'power boost'

Published 08/04/2014 | 05:34

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Pictured in front of the new smart interactive whiteboards in Scoile Mhuire, Horeswood, Campile, were Fourth Class pupils, Ciara Walsh and Aaron Hearne with Peter Gavican (SSE Airtricity Project Manager for Great Island CCGT), Miss Kathryn O’Hanlon (Scoil Mhuire Fourth Class teacher), and pupil Emer Hunt

THE COMPANY behind the Great Island power plant, SSE, has contributed over €75,000 to local groups and initiatives and will contribute over €100,000 to local initiatives in the space of four years.

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Last month the company gave a massive €10,000-plus power boost to Scoil Mhuire National School in Horeswood that will dramatically improve education technology and energy efficiency at the school.

The company has invested around €7,000 on the installation of new interactive whiteboards and projectors which will significantly enhance classroom instruction and learning for teachers and pupils alike, as well as a further €4,000 on the installation of new energy management system which will ultimately help the school reduce its energy use costs.

This intelligent energy management system, installed by SSE Airtricity Energy Services, is a sophisticated and dynamic monitoring system that helps teachers and school management better understand where and how power is being consumed in the school building. The system is made up of sub-meters that interface with powerful software to build up a picture of energy consumption minute-by-minute, and provides the energy-use information school management needs so that simple adjustments can be made to help reduce energy use costs.

Margaret Rossister, principal of Scoil Mhuire NS Horeswood, said: 'The commitment SSE has shown to the local community and to the school has been fantastic. In addition to the modern new whiteboards and projects SSE has put in place a new energy management system that will help to save the school money, meaning we can spend more in other areas. The new equipment is just what we needed, and you can really see the difference it makes in the classroom. It is definitely money well spent.'

This contribution was in addition to the €25,000 that SSE is paying annually to Wexford County Council during the period of construction of the CCGT for distribution by a local subcommittee to community projects in Great Island and Campile. To date SSE has contributed a total of €75,000 into local projects including at football clubs, a tennis court and a cemetery.

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