What is Smart Islands?

Smart Islands is a programme that aims to sustainably and affordably tackle the Isles of Scilly's main infrastructure, utility and local transport needs, whilst providing social benefits such as cheaper energy, skills, training and e-Health solutions.

 

Who's involved?

The founder members of the Smart Islands Partnership are 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.

 

Can I get involved?

Yes, the Partnership wants to hear your views. If you have any questions or would like to know more about any of the projects we're involved in, please don't hesitate to get in touch at hello@smartislands.org. Also watch out for events in your area coming soon.

 

What’s in it for me?

The first objective of Smart Islands is to lower the cost of electricity to homes and businesses on the Isles of Scilly to make life more affordable and sustainable. Our goal is to reduce bills by 20% by 2020 and 40% by 2025. The programme also aims to improve buildings and public infrastructure on the islands in order to meet increasing regulation and improve resilience and affordability for the future.

 

Is the Council paying for this?

As one of the Smart Islands partners the council has committed to contribute to the project both through developing the direction of the project to benefit the community and through bids for grant funding. The council’s contribution is particularly focussed on key infrastructure elements such as waste and recycling where costs to residents and businesses can be reduced.

 

Why the Isles of Scilly?

The Isles of Scilly are a perfect "Living Laboratory" for developing a range of interconnected social and technological innovations from eHealth through low-carbon transport to smarter energy. The islands are on the end of a single power cable from the mainland, where a close-knit community and a small number of engaged landowners can help projects happen quickly and where measured improvements in affordability, resilience and efficiency are much needed.

A vision for a modern community and testing ideas.

 

Will it be in keeping with Scilly’s natural environment?

Any projects conducted on the islands have to be in keeping with the unique Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that attracts so many tourists each year. They also have to recognise the Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Historic Scheduled Monuments and Marine Conservation Zones, as well as be informed and accepted by the community and other stakeholders.

 

Will there be Wind turbines?

We don't know yet. Any consideration of turbines would need to go through the Council planning process that includes a period for taking representations from the public. Wind turbines are the cheapest and most effective way of producing renewable power, particularly given the excellent wind resources on Scilly, but they may not be right for the islands.