In total, 27 schools across the Republic of Ireland are taking part in the project.
Microsoft’s Irish unit is working with a utility firm on a renewable energy scheme that will involve the installation of internet-connected solar panels on the rooftops of schools in the country.
The project, with SSE Airtricity — a green energy provider and subsidiary of Scotland’s SSE — encompasses 27 schools spread across the Irish provinces of Leinster, Munster and Connaught.
In an announcement Monday, SSE Airtricity said internet of things technology would be harnessed to connect the panels to a cloud computing platform from Microsoft. Within the schools, digitally connected screens have been set up to let pupils follow energy usage information in real time.
An investment of nearly 1 million euros ($1.17 million) from the Microsoft Sustainability Fund will fund the program.
While the installation of solar panels will help the schools to offset carbon dioxide emissions, there is a wider…