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Smart move: English islands fight fuel poverty with clean energy
by Isabelle Gerretsen

Thomson Reuters Foundation    Translate This Article
25 July 2018

On 25 July 2018 Thomson Reuters Foundation reported: Solar panels and smart batteries could help cut electricity bills by almost half for people on the Isles of Scilly, a British energy storage provider said as it launched a renewable energy programme on the group of Cornish islands. The Smart Energy Islands project aims to slash climate-changing emissions, improve the power supply and lower costs for 'fuel-poor' residents of five inhabited islands, 45 km (28 miles) off England's southwest coast, energy firm Moixa said. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of science, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

A 55-km undersea cable is now the only connection between the Isles of Scilly and the UK's national grid. Last year, islanders had to rely on diesel generators for almost two weeks after the cable was damaged by a fishing boat. ...

Of the islands' 2,200 residents, about 15.5 percent cannot afford to heat their homes, compared to roughly 11 percent across England, a government report said this year. ...

The islands will cut planet-warming carbon emissions by nearly 900 tonnes per year once the solar panels are operating, according to Moixa.

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