The Smart Islands programme is intended to sustainably and affordably tackle some of the Isles of Scilly’s main infrastructure and utilities issues, whilst providing a model for how other communities can profit from a rapid transition from being carbon intensive to having a low carbon footprint. The programme has the following goals:

  1. 20% reduction in electricity bills by 2020 (40% by 2025)
  2. 40% of the isles’ energy demand met through renewable generation by 2025
  3. 40% of vehicles being low carbon or electric by 2025
  4. Internships, cultural exchange and STEM* skill delivery for young people
  5. Full programme of energy efficiency measures delivered by 2020.

The current challenges are considerable. Providing affordable and reliable electricity, drinking water, sewage treatment and waste disposal for Scilly’s remote island population is expensive and presents considerable practical challenges. This must all be achieved within the beautiful but sensitive environmental and heritage context of the islands.
There is an exciting opportunity on Scilly to take a fundamentally different approach to waste, water and energy. The ambitious goals of the programme can be achieved by the introduction of a Smart Grid, generating energy from waste, sewerage and a mix of renewable energy sources; unlocking value and savings for Scilly’s residents and businesses through a locally owned Community Energy Services Company.

You can find out more about some of the possibilities that are being explored in the following technical survey: Energy Infrastructure Plan for the Isles of Scilly.

The programme is being delivered through a partnership made up of the following organisations: The Duchy of Cornwall, Tresco Estate, The Council of the Isles of Scilly, Hitachi Europe Ltd. and the Islands' Partnership. More organisations are expected to join as projects are developed. For more information, visit our partnership page.