Introducing Octopus Fan Club:
Local green energy. From our turbines for your home
Launching early 2021: the UK’s first energy tariff to give customers the benefits of local renewable energy production in real-time.
Octopus customers in Market Weighton or Caerphilly can enjoy cheaper 100% renewable electricity whenever our local turbines are spinning.
Join Octopus Fan Club for £1 a week and get:
- 100% renewable electricity from your local community
- 20% off your unit rate whenever your turbine is spinning – typically 98%+ of the time
- 50% off your unit rate when the wind picks up and the green electrons are really flowing
How it works
Allow us to introduce our two biggest fans: #1 Fan in Market Weighton, East Yorkshire and #2 Fan in Caerphilly, South Wales.
Together, these Octopus Energy turbines supply enough renewable energy to power up to 800 homes. And, from early 2021, local Octopus Energy customers will be able to enjoy the benefits of their home-grown green power.
With Octopus Fan Club, for just £1 per week, you'll get 100% renewable electricity at the same great price as our Octopus 12M Fixed tariff.
Any electricity you use while your local turbine is spinning automatically gives you a 20% discount.
Even better, when the wind picks up and the green electrons really start flowing, you’ll get 50% off every unit you use.
Check the rate you’re paying online in realtime, and see forecast wind speeds to help plan your day. And with IFTTT and SMS alerts, you can make sure you’re getting the most from your Octopus wind turbine.
Good to know: To join Octopus Fan Club, you'll need a SMETS2 or Secure-branded SMETS1 smart meter that we can receive half-hourly consumption data from. If you don't have a suitable smart meter, we can install one for you at no extra cost.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does direct energy generation differ from your other 100% green energy tariffs?
We ensure our regular tariffs are 100% green by buying energy from the open market alongside Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin ‘REGO’ certificates. These certificates ensure that every electron of energy we buy is an electron that has come from a renewable source, yet we are not actually generating the energy ourselves.
Through the years, we’ve also worked with fantastic green generators to buy their power, from the smallest dedicated community energy projects to gargantuan solar farms capable of powering hundreds of thousands of homes.
Buying our own wind turbines cuts the supply chain even further from generator, to network, to supplier to customer, and forging deep connections between our customers and the green energy that powers them.
What happens if the fans aren't spinning?
By owning these fans, we're taking a crucial step towards redesigning a smart energy system and empowering our customers to shift their electricity use away from peak times. We want to be able to give customers more information about their energy use through smart metering and peak and off peak pricing.
Even when the fans aren't spinning on a very still, calm summer's day, we can use our smart tech to harness when they do spin and capture this energy so that people's homes and businesses can eventually be optimised to automatically use the greenest electricity at the best times. Our fans can also start turning in only really light winds, from about 2.5meters of wind per second. That’s about 4 miles per hour which is the speed you usually walk and so there is only a limited number of hours throughout the year that you'll find the fans sitting still.
When will tariffs be available for Number 1 & Number 2 fans?
We are working on building our vision of a fully decentralised smart energy system that puts power in the hands of the people. We want to create a smarter world, where every home and business gets its power from a clean, green energy generator just down the road.
For energy tariffs directly related to these turbines, we will shortly have limited availability for local houses and businesses to sign up. Please register your interest by signing up to our fan club above and we’ll be in touch with any developments.
How does the local community benefit?
We want to work closely with the communities our turbines are turning in. Whether this is through educating local school kids on renewable energy, investing in local community funds, or powering local homes and businesses, we want to have a meaningful impact.
How long does a wind turbine last?
Generally speaking, a good quality modern wind turbine will last for 20-25 years. Sometimes they can last even longer if maintained correctly. There are even companies who take old wind turbines and refurbish them for continual use.
I’d like our community to have a fan of its own, who can we contact?
That’s brilliant! We would love to help you get a fan of your own. Please register your interest in signing up to our fan club and we’ll be in touch to kick start these discussions.
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