LEP Earmarks Up To £2.95m To Support Smart Islands Project

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The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership has agreed in principle to invest up to £2.95 million in the Smart Islands programme on Scilly.

This follows on from the announcement of the inclusion of the Smart Islands programme in the government’s Industrial Strategy yesterday. 

The LEP’s contribution would come from the Government’s Local Growth Fund, which is investing over £70m through the ‘Growth Deal’ programme to improve infrastructure and grow the economy of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Because of its potential as a national exemplar project, Smart Islands has been singled out as one of just a handful of case studies nationwide to feature in the Government’s Industrial Strategy White Paper.

The Smart Islands programme aims to transform the islands’ infrastructure, including the creation of a local energy market with an ‘Internet of Things’ platform that will control energy loads in houses, businesses, electric vehicles and other connected infrastructure. Its goal is to provide 40 per cent of electricity demand using renewables, to cut electricity bills by 40 per cent, and for 40 per cent of vehicles on the islands to be electric or low-carbon – all by 2025.

It also aims to provide sewage treatment, waste disposal and energy from waste facilities to replace outdated and expensive systems which are burdening the islands with significant costs and hindering future growth ambitions.

The project is being delivered through a partnership that includes Hitachi Europe Ltd, Tresco Estate, the Council of the Isles of Scilly, the Islands’ Partnership and the Duchy of Cornwall, with UK smart energy businesses, Moixa Technology and PassivSystems, as project partners.

Will was joined on the phone by Mark Duddridge, Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership to find out more...