Renewable electricity supplier Good Energy has stepped up its commitment to solar energy, aiming to source one third of its electricity from solar power. Solar previously represented less than 1% of the company’s output.
The utility has signed power purchase agreements with 3,000 independent solar generators, as well as 30 larger-scale solar PV projects across the UK.
Unlike the ‘Big Six’ UK electricity suppliers, Good Energy pledged earlier this year to hold prices until 2012. An increased reliance on solar power is expected to help stabilise the company’s future energy prices.
“The fact that Good Energy customers will now be getting around a third of their electricity from sunlight once again demonstrates Good Energy’s commitment to renewable and shows that solar PV is a viable technology here in the UK,” says Juliet Davenport, CEO. “Solar has a valuable part to play in a balanced renewable energy portfolio, because the sun is often shining when the wind isn’t blowing, and vice versa.”
According to a spokesperson for the company, Good Energy’s work with new independent solar generators reflects the success of the UK government’s feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme. The government was criticised earlier this year for slashing the FiT budget, with many solar projects – including Good Energy’s – racing to complete before cuts came into force in August.
For further information:
Good Energy increases gas prices but holds electricity until 2012 (4-Aug)
Solar projects fire up in UK ahead of feed-in tariff cut (25-Jul)
UK solar industry ‘frustrated’ by Government’s plans (14-Jul)
UK Energy Secretary Chris Huhne condemns British Gas price rise (8-Jul)
UK Government reveals details of revised solar feed-in tariffs (18-Mar)
01 September 2011