The first tranche of a near £3 million investment is to be deployed on the Isles of Scilly to deliver installations of new solar arrays, as well as electric vehicle chargers including some with vehicle-to-grid technology. The funding from the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is to be used as part of the Smart Islands project which aims to provide the isles with a new smart energy system using renewables, energy storage and electric vehicles. The eventual goal is to see 40% of electricity demand using renewables, to cut electricity bills by 40%, and for 40% of vehicles on the islands to be electric or low-carbon all by 2025. The LEP is to invest £606,000 in ten solar canopies, as well as the same number of EVs and 25 chargers, some of which will be able to deliver V2G functionality. Separately, £390,000 is to be used to provide grants to up 50 island businesses to install low carbon technologies including solar power.
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