BREXIT 'WILL JEOPARDISE SMART ISLANDS PROJECT'

Scilly's new Smart Islands project will be in jeopardy if the UK leaves the European Union.

The scheme, which aims to reduce energy bills by 20% by 2020 among other objectives, will be funded in part from Europe. 

 

John Whybrow from Hitachi, who is seconded to the islands' council to develop the project, said: "The funding for the smart grid part is staying, they've already committed to that to a certain extent but all bets are off for the other aspects. 

 

"The beauty of European funding in one way is that its targeted at the places that most need it, so Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly benefit. It's funding that other parts of the UK can't get but we can because we're below the level of median income where EU funding kicks in.

 

"If we weren't in Europe, funding for schemes like this might not be available so there would be far more uncertainty with respect to the other parts of the jigsaw (pictured right) with the exception of the smart grid."

 

Smart Islands also aims to generate 40% of Scilly's energy from renewable sources by 2025.

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