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Isle of Wight to be energy self-sufficient in 10 years

Wed 20 Apr 2011

Isle of Wight to be energy self-sufficient in 10 years

The Isle of Wight is expected to become completely energy self-sufficient over the next 10 years, according to one community group.

Eco Island is suggesting the 142,500 who reside on the island could receive their power from a combination of solar panels, a waste energy plant and geothermal and tidal power, while exporting low-carbon power back to the UK mainland.

David Green, founder of the group, told BBC News: "The island is taking some of its destiny back into its own hands."

Backed by Richard Benyon, minister for the natural environment and fisheries, it is hoped the system will by fully in place by the year 2020, which would dispel the need for the island to draw 600GWh of electricity from the mainland each year.

Meanwhile, the Bournemouth Daily Echo recently reported plans to build a wind farm off the coast of the Isle of Wight have been approved by the government.

Posted by Jon Noble ADNFCR-3083-ID-800507305-ADNFCR

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