St Ives Smart Energy Grid
Cambridgeshire County Council has already successfully increased the energy efficiency of numerous properties and developed a large scale renewable energy generation project through investments of greater than £20M. These projects will reduce CO2 emissions by over 1 million tonnes and produce savings of over £1.7M per annum. Building on that success, the Council is developing a highly innovative solar PV project for a park and ride site that includes the use of battery storage and off-grid energy sales to a local customer.
As part of the Council’s exciting programme, this demonstrator will provide an income stream, expand local renewable energy generation, help develop local cleantech businesses, build resilience to local energy grid supply challenges, and provide charging points for electric vehicles (EVs) powered directly by renewable energy.
Eligibility for government backed grant funding
This innovative demonstrator project is eligible for support through European Regional Development Funds to support increasing the number of small scale renewable energy schemes in England. The project aims to address a number of key issues preventing production of renewable energy and the demonstration and deployment of renewable energy technologies, including smart / off grid supply and energy storage. Planning permission was granted in July 2017. The Council hopes to use the project and its learning to inform further capacity building towards facilitating the vision for 28% of Cambridgeshire’s energy being produced locally from renewables.