We believe that renewable electricity is the future of power and are proud to play our part with Go Green. Add it for just £3 a month as a simple way to get 100% renewable electricity (terms and conditions apply). Plus we'll plant five trees on your behalf every year.
But what are renewables and why are they so important? For the answer to these questions and more, read on.
"What is renewable electricity?"
Traditionally, generating electricity has meant burning fossil fuels like coal and gas which will one day run out. Renewable electricity comes from sources that are continually replaced such as wind, water and the sun.
“Where do you get your electricity from?”
Our electricity comes from the National Grid and is generated from a range of sources. Like most suppliers who provide renewable electricity, we buy Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin certificates (REGOs). These guarantee a unit of electricity from a renewable source is added to the National Grid for each unit of electricity used by our Go Green customers.
“How do REGOs work?”
REGOs are given to companies that generate renewable electricity such as the owner of a wind farm. They get one REGO for every megawatt-hour (MWh) unit of renewable electricity they put onto the National Grid.
We work out how many units of electricity our Go Green customers have used and buy the same number of REGOs from UK-based suppliers. So we can guarantee that for every unit of renewable electricity we sell, a unit of renewable electricity is fed into the grid.
“Where do your REGOs come from?”
All the renewable electricity we sell in the UK is backed by UK-based certificates. It’s part of a scheme approved and run by the energy regulator Ofgem. Most of our REGOs come from wind farms, hydroelectric schemes (that use water to produce electricity), and solar parks.
“Why is switching to renewables a good idea?”
The UK generates a lot of electricity by burning fossil fuels like gas and coal. Doing this releases gases like carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. These gases (called greenhouse gases) cause global warming and climate change, which is damaging our planet. Generating electricity from renewable sources doesn't release these harmful gases. So switching to 100% renewable electricity helps combat climate change.
"How much could switching to renewables reduce my carbon emissions?"
Adding Go Green could reduce the carbon emissions per UK household by up to one tonne per year. This is based on the carbon emissions from producing and using the average electricity in the UK grid compared to the emissions from producing and using the 100% renewable electricity we provide via Go Green. The average energy usage of UK households come from BEIS (2019) and the carbon emissions factors from the Carbon Trust.
“What else helps cut carbon?”
Trees are one of our greatest allies in removing carbon dioxide from our air because they draw it in and store it away in their trunks and roots. When you join Go Green, we’ll plant five trees on your behalf, and five more trees every year you stay a Go Green customer. To do this we’ll be working with our partner Forest Carbon. They’ve planted over 9.5 million trees across the UK since 2006. It’s a little Go Green bonus to help the environment.
What you need to know
Go Green Terms and Conditions
The electricity used by all customers on Go Green is matched by the equivalent amount of electricity from hydro and wind sources that have the Renewable Electricity Guarantee of Origin (REGO).
We’ll plant five trees when you sign up to Go Green and will plant an additional five trees on your behalf every year that you remain a customer. We plant trees by working with our partner Forest Carbon, who plant the trees on our behalf.
By choosing Go Green you agree to receive paperless terms and conditions, fulfilment, and a quarterly energy update email.
By adding Go Green’s 100% renewable electricity with SSE you could reduce your carbon footprint by up to 1 tonne of carbon per year. This is based on the carbon emissions caused in the production and consumption of the 100% renewable electricity SSE provides, compared to the emissions caused by the production and consumption of UK grid average electricity. Average UK household energy consumption figures were sourced from BEIS (2019). The carbon emissions factors were calculated by the Carbon Trust.