Derek Thomas, MP for West Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly, has welcomed the launch of the GO-EV project that will see the introduction of 10 ‘vehicle to grid’ (V2G) electric vehicles on Scilly.
A network of 10 vehicles will be made available on a pay-per-use car share basis to local residents and businesses with up to 10 solar canopies and 25 charging points, initially on St Mary’s but eventually across all five islands.
V2G means that vehicle batteries will be able to discharge electricity back to the grid at times of high electricity demand as well as be charged through locally generated renewable energy or from the grid when necessary.
The project is being funded by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership with £606,000 from Government’s Local Growth Fund and £2.4 million from the European Regional Development Fund, as part of the Smart Islands project.
Mr Thomas said: “The brief of the Smart Islands project is to deliver smart solutions to energy, waste, water and sewerage services on Scilly.
“Smart energy is the first part of the project and work is already going on installing a technology platform to balance electricity demand and supply, putting solar panels on the roofs of council homes, the fire station, a recycling facility and desalination plant, and in a solar garden by the airport while many homes are piloting a variety of energy technologies, including batteries and air source heat pumps.
“The GO-EV project is the next stage and will have multiple benefits. As well as improving the quality of the air and environment on Scilly and giving islanders greater choice in how they get about, the use of electric vehicle technology will provide hugely valuable lessons as we look to eliminate electric and diesel emissions on the mainland as soon as possible.
“I’ve worked with the Smart Islands Partnership for the past four years and this latest project is a good example of the drive and commitment they bring to meeting as much as possible of Scilly’s energy demands in a clean, sustainable way.”