Long-standing clean power supplier Good Energy has struck its biggest ever offtake deal for carbon-free electricity, targeting corporate & household customers.
Hornsea 1, operated by Ørsted off the Yorkshire coast, will now provide 110 GWh each year until 2025, an output which the parties claim could meet the consumption of nearly 38,000 homes.
Rated at 1.2 GW and generating since 2019, Hornsea 1 was until recently the world’s biggest operational wind farm.
The Wiltshire-based supplier has been purchasing from the Danish generators since 2017, chiefly from their Westermost Rough marine facility.
Good Energy chief executive Nigel Pocklington hailed today’s deal as “our most significant new agreement since the company was founded more than 20 years ago”.
It adds to its sourcing through contracts with 1,700 independent UK generators, including solar farms, wind farms and hydroelectric projects.
“We are proud to support the transition to a cleaner and greener future by enabling customers to buy their power from renewable sources”, said Pocklington.
“It demonstrates our commitment to continued growth in the renewable energy market so that we can encourage even more homes and businesses to play their part in tackling climate change.”
Located more than 70 miles off the Yorkshire coast, Hornsea 1 comprises 174 turbines spread over almost 160 square miles of the North Sea.
Ørsted’s head of power origination Joseph Conlan said: “Our third agreement with Good Energy is testament to the strong working relationship we have as businesses and speaks to the strong partnership approach we have built.
Last week the government revealed that 2022 saw offshore & onshore wind making a record 24.6% share of UK electricity.
Trade body RenewableUK estimates that almost 3.2GW of offshore wind capacity was installed in 2022.
Onshore turbines, still stymied in England from expansion despite ministerial promises to lift the home nation’s planning curbs, supplied 9.8% of UK consumption.