Eden Project, partner to The Planet Mark, has joined a pioneering online service that aims to shake-up the UK’s energy market by enabling energy consumers to source their electricity locally and from renewable generators.

Eden Project has joined Piclo, a renewable energy online marketplace

Piclo is the UK’s first renewable electricity peer-to-peer online marketplace. It is being trialled by renewable energy supplier Good Energy and its developer, the tech start-up Open Utility.

Eden Project said it had signed up to Piclo in order to select local generators as its main supplier, creating “a Cornwall-based energy market”. The charity requires significant amounts of electricity to power its indoor rainforest attraction and has been at the forefront of renewable energy in the UK, including developing a geothermal power plant on the Eden Project site.

“We’re pleased and proud to be part of the Piclo trial,” Gus Grand, head of Policy at the Eden Project, said. “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.”

Open Utility and Good Energy have partnered to trial Piclo for six months. The service is available across the UK and generators that have signed up include Broadmoor Farm Solar, a 50 kilowatt solar farm in Dorset, Community Power Cornwall, a 160 kilowatt installation in Cornwall, Sustainable Hockerton, a 225 kilowatt wind turbine in Nottinghamshire, and Waterditch Dairy, a 100 kilowatt solar farm in Hampshire.

Energy trading on Piclo for generator and consumers began on October 1 and the service launches publicly in November.

James Johnston, Open Utility ceo and co-founder, said: “From October, we will be one step closer to our vision of a local, low cost and democratised energy industry.”

Commenting on the Piclo news, Steve Malkin, ceo of Planet First, provider of The Planet Mark, said: “This is a great example of using technology to connect people to their energy supply and the environment. We work with Eden because we recognise the importance of engaging people within organisations around sustainability and Eden is a great way for us to do that. We wish Piclo every success.”

Piclo is currently accepting half-hourly settled generation and consumption sites. For more information and to register your interest, visit the Piclo website.

Eden Project has been a partner of The Planet Mark since its launch in 2013.

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