At Social Energy, we pride ourselves on making renewable generation at the heart of how we operate. Even though we only started supplying customers with electricity from February 2019, we wanted to ensure it was from 100% green electricity.
We do this through something called the Fuel Mix Disclosure, which is a methodology set out by Ofgem for suppliers to show where their electricity comes from. It’s a retrospective view, and currently, we display what our fuel mix was for the period of April 2019 to March 2020. Full details on the Ofgem website for Fuel Mix Disclosure can be found here.
This year we’ve bought 100% of our electricity from solar generation, which is fantastic as this represents an integrated technology in what we deliver to customers. In terms of our environment impact, our electricity has a 0 g/CO2/kWh compared to a national average of 198 g/CO2/kWh.
We’re a rare breed for an energy supplier, in that almost our entire customer base is their own mini virtual power plant, not only generating electricity, but exporting it too. Unfortunately, with the way the industry currently works, we’re not able to officially claim (i.e. get green certificates) for all our customers generation, so we have to buy extra green certificates, known as REGOs, for what our customers import from the grid. Stay tuned however, as we are busy working on a solution.