What makes ESB Energy different from other energy companies? We generate green energy. We built our first wind farm in the UK over 30 years ago, long before anyone else was talking about renewable energy sources. Our wind turbines are still going strong out there in Fullabrook, Mynydd y Betws and West Durham.
What makes us green?
Green is who we are. We have invested £1 billion into renewable energy, powering over 300,000 green homes with wind power, and we’ve planned further renewable energy investment in onshore and offshore wind farms that will have the potential to power approximately 1.8 million green homes.
Meet our Wind Farms
Mynydd y Betws, Wales – A Wind Farm Offsetting Carbon Emissions in the UK
Have you ever wondered where are the UK’s wind farms located? The Mynydd y Betws Wind Farm sits on Betws Mountain on the border between Swansea and Carmarthenshire in South Wales.
The wind farm has 15 wind turbines with a combined green energy generating capacity of 34.5 MW. This wind energy can generate enough renewable electricity to power around 22,425 households a year, which equates to about 28% of Carmarthenshire.
Each year, the operation of Mynydd y Betws Wind Farm off-sets the emission of more than 94,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), going towards minimising the environmental impact of ‘Betws New Drift Coal Mine’ which occupied the area for nearly 30 years prior.
Fullabrook, Devon - 22 Wind Turbines Generating Renewable Energy
The Fullabrook Wind Farm is located near the Hartland Point peninsula between Barnstaple and llfracombe in North Devon. It was the biggest wind farm in the UK at the time it was built, and is still considered one of the biggest today.
The wind farm has 22 turbines with a combined green energy generating capacity of 66 MW. It can generate enough renewable energy to power around 42,100 households a year, which equals to about 30% of Devon. That’s a lot of wind energy!
Each year, the operation of Fullabrook Wind Farm saves more than 180,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), the per capita footprint of 14,700 people.
West Durham, Co. Durham – Turning wind energy into green electricity
The West Durham Wind Farm is located near Tow Law in County Durham.
The wind farm has 12 wind turbines with a combined green energy generating capacity of 24 MW. It can generate enough renewable electricity to power around 15,300 households a year.
Each year, the operation of the West Durham wind farm off-sets the emission of more than 65,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO₂). This is equivalent to removing in excess of 17,400 cars from the road (excluding electric cars, of course!).
Creating a brighter, sustainable energy future for Great Britain and Our Planet
Last year we announced a merger between So Energy and ESB Energy. That means that we’ve changed the name of our Electricity and Gas Supply company to ‘So Energy’, and all of our customer accounts have successfully transferred over to So Energy.
This was motivated by our aim to become the UK’s next big green energy supplier. And this development means that we can invest in new and exciting green solutions, develop new systems, services, and products. So that we can help our residential supply customers make an affordable transition to net zero living.
Together, we can be part of a collective shift towards a more sustainable energy future.
ESB Energy is one of the fastest growing Public Electric Vehicle Charging providers in Great Britain. Read more about our EV offerings here.
We also help large energy users and businesses across the UK to cut their carbon and reduce their energy bills. Find out more about our Business Solutions here.
Want to find out more about our Residential Supply Business, So Energy? Visit here.