The Smart Energy Islands project, the first Smart Islands Partnership project to launch is in full swing and have outlined their plans and visions to help to meet the Smart Islands Partnership’s objectives.
The Smart Energy Islands project, led by Hitachi Europe and supported by the European Regional Development Fund, has begun to deliver the activities that will enable the more efficient use of locally-produced energy on the Isles of Scilly
The project will help to meet the Smart Islands Partnership’s objectives to enable the transition to a low-carbon, sustainable and resilient community on the Isles of Scilly.
The founder members of the Smart Islands Partnership are the Council of the Isles of Scilly, Duchy of Cornwall, Hitachi Europe Ltd, the Islands' Partnership and Tresco Estate.
One of the first objectives of the Smart Energy Islands project is to install solar PV panels on 100 homes, starting with social housing and two solar gardens (about the size of a tennis court) for two 50kW solar gardens or equivalent to be built on the islands.
Other objectives include islands-wide energy control system providing cheaper, reliable, renewable power, updated energy monitoring for 200 businesses with support and energy efficiency advice, a pilot of ten ‘smart’ homes with a combination of heat pumps, solar PV and storage batteries installed and overall support for a community enterprise to share the benefits of cheaper electricity.
Together, these initiatives will increase the amount of solar energy produced on the islands by more than 250%. The intention is to have these initiatives rolled out by the end of 2019.
Sixty-six local businesses across five islands have signed up for energy efficiency business support from the project. These businesses will receive completely free professional energy efficiency consultancy, a building survey and energy monitoring equipment to identify measures to improve their energy efficiency. Energy advisers will help local businesses understand, manage and reduce their energy costs.
The first 60 businesses will start to receive their support in early September. Staff based on the Isles of Scilly at the Porthmellon Enterprise Centre will be on Holgate’s Green, St. Mary’s next Monday to promote the project and the business support service.
Will was joined in the studio by John Whybrow from Hitachi to tell us a bit about it and how it fits in with the overall Smart Islands Partnership project - listen below.