The Eden Project has signed up to be part of a six-month trial of the UK’s first online market for renewable energy.
Eden has joined with ‘Piclo’, a collaboration between energy startup Open Utility and green energy provider, Good Energy.
The service acts as a peer-to-peer energy market, allowing consumers and generators to buy and sell renewable energy directly.
Piclo takes in all the price and preference information and matches electricity demand and supply every half hour of the day. Good Energy helps ensure that the marketplace is always balanced, purchasing surplus power or providing 100% renewable top-up when required.
The Eden Project can use Piclo to unlock local energy markets. The online service allows it to select local generators as its main supplier, creating a Cornwall-based energy market.
Good Energy CEO, Juliet Davenport, said: “It’s great news that Eden Project is joining this visionary project. It’ll be really interesting to see how Piclo’s ground breaking technology will transform the energy market.”
Gus Grand, head of policy at the Eden Project, added: “We’re pleased and proud to be part of the Piclo trial. Eden has a long history of supporting renewable energy generation and we feel that Piclo has the potential to revolutionise the energy market, connecting customers with their energy suppliers in a way that hasn’t previously been possible.”