One hundred Council-owned properties have been surveyed for their suitability for solar PV panels and 'energy management systems' in the last month as part of the Smart Energy Islands project.
Ten homes will also have a variety of additional smart energy technologies installed – including smart batteries to store energy from the solar PV panels for later use and low-energy, air source heat pumps.
The project is also seeking suitable Council-owned sites (about the size of a tennis court) for two 50kW solar gardens or equivalent to be built.
Together, these initiatives will increase the amount of solar energy produced on the islands by more than 250%.
Some 66 local businesses across five islands have signed up for energy efficiency business support from the project. These businesses will receive 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. This will comprise an energy audit, energy monitor and display, analysis of energy use, report containing analysis results, recommendations and next steps, and training resources, all free of charge.
The Smart Energy Islands project, which is part of the wider Smart Islands Project, is led by Hitachi Europe and supported by the European Regional Development Fund.
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 and help alleviate fuel poverty on the islands, which is currently the worst in the country.
Staff are attending summer fetes on all islands to promote the project and the business support service. They will be on Tresco tomorrow, St Martin’s Fete on August 20 and Holgate’s Green, St Mary’s on August 28.