Power supplier backs Isle of Wight energy scheme

Energy supplier SSE is backing an energy scheme to help Isle of Wight residents cut bills and invest in sustainable community projects. The scheme is run by Ecoislands, the community […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Energy supplier SSE is backing an energy scheme to help Isle of Wight residents cut bills and invest in sustainable community projects.

The scheme is run by Ecoislands, the community energy scheme planning to make the island energy self-sufficient by 2020.

For every Isle of Wight SSE customer that joins the community scheme, the power company says it will donate £1 per account every month, which customers can choose to cut off their energy bill or donate to the Ecoislands project.

The news follows the energy supplier’s announcement last week to raise its gas and electricity prices by 9% starting October this year.

David Green, Founder and CEO of Ecoislands said: “With the community on board with this idea we can shift the old paradigm and put energy back where it belongs: in the heart of the community. SSE have been partnering with us in a really dynamic way. They believe, as we do, that community energy is the way of the future. The scheme that we are pioneering on the Isle of Wight will offer a replicable model for how communities can achieve renewable energy self-sufficiency and create a more secure future for their residents.”

The community firm is also working towards developing an in-home energy management system that will help people control their energy use using a smart phone or computer.