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Rural Fibre Optic ISP Gigaclear Signs Deal for 100% Green Electricity

Friday, March 24th, 2017 (8:37 am) - Score 704
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Gigaclear has announced that their “ultrafast” Gigabit capable fibre optic (FTTP) broadband network, which covers tens of thousands of premises in various rural areas across England, is now set to be powered by electricity from 100% renewable sources thanks to a new deal with Ecotricity.

Under the agreement Ecotricity will supply “green electricity” to Gigaclear’s existing network of 82 broadband sites and will soon be working with the company to install smart meters, with several new connections going live each week as the network grows. At present the ISP’s 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) network is expected to cover up to 70,000 rural UK homes and businesses by the end of this year.

Greg Kurnikov, Gigaclear’s Head of Installations, said:

“From the get go the Ecotricity team have been really friendly and eager to set up the account in a way that suits us.

We’re on a fixed deal which can be reviewed quarterly and brings all of our bills together into a single PDF, so the whole process is a lot simpler now. Best of all, they’re a green supplier and they’re cheaper than the deal we were on, so they tick all the boxes as we’re getting better commercial terms with better service.”

Dale Vince, Founder of Ecotricity, said:

“Switching to green energy is the biggest single thing – and the easiest thing – that any business can do to cut the emissions that cause air pollution and climate change.

By switching to green energy, Gigaclear will reduce the environmental impact of their own operations, while supporting Britain’s energy independence and the green economy.

By signing up to Ecotricity they’ll also get award-winning customer service, can consolidate all sites under one easy bill, benefit from smart metering services and may even be offered on-site renewable generation – so customers make energy right where they use it.”

Mind you it’s worth pointing out that BT, Sky Broadband, Virgin Media and TalkTalk also have some fairly strong green credentials (examples here, here and here).

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6 Responses
  1. Avatar Optimist

    Does that mean the service will only be up when wind is blowing or the sun is shining?

    • Avatar Steve Jones

      No, as usual it glosses over the fact that when renewables aren’t available it will be powered from non-renewable sources. Indeed, they are just powered off the grid anyway, so exactly where there power is coming from at any given time is going to be a mixture of all sorts of sources.

      it’s all a bit of a smoke-and-mirror exercise. Some sort of contract is signed for power delivery and the generators of renewables get paid. There might be a slight premium to pay, but the fact is everybody who uses grid electricity will be (in part) using power from renewable and non-renewable resources (nuclear, gas, imports – most nuclear, wind, solar and even diesel). There is a tiny bit of pumped-storage, but until and unless there is some form of cheap, mass grid-level storage, all these “green users” will be relying on non-renewables for part of their power.

    • Avatar wirelesspacman

      I guess what we need is per-electron tagging across the National Grid. That way the green electrons could be routed properly.

  2. Avatar captain.cretin

    I heard that you get green electricity by combining the blue and yellow phases.

    • Avatar Henry

      Not since 2006, when the yellow phase became black and the blue phase became grey, as the red phase became brown and the black neutral wire became blue.

      (Sadly, you cannot even make a joke on the internet without somebody taking you literally)

    • Avatar captain.cretin

      Such a spoilsport.

      Anyway, with BREXIT, hopefully we can ditch all the stupid (and sometimes downright dangerous) modifications to our wiring standards and revert to something sensible.

      Trying to tell which is black and which is dark grey in a poorly lit area when the cables are covered in crap is NOT easy.

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