Electricity from cheese? Must be some very special cows!

Posted in: Green Gas

Posted on: 28.08.2015

And very special they are indeed.

Nestled deep within the Mendip Hills in Somerset sits Wyke Farms – the UK’s largest independent organic cheese and butter maker and the first to be completely self-sufficient in electricity.

The company is family-owned by the Clothier family, who have been making quality cheese in Somerset since 1861. A few years ago they realised that going green was valuable to both their business and the environment.

Investing in greener technology

As a result, they invested £10m in three biodigester vessels which use waste cheese, cow manure and leftover crops (amongst a variety of other things!) to generate 100% renewable electricity.

The digesters generate more than enough power for the needs of the entire site and all of Wyke’s cheese-making operations, and Good Energy buys the excess as part of our diverse renewable fuel mix.


Richard Clothier, Managing Director of Wyke Farms believes the production of sustainable food and energy go hand-in-hand. He said:

“We have found that going green and being organic has brought multiple benefits, apart from the obvious one of lowering our electricity bills.”

“We’ve reduced how much waste we produce, improved our green credentials and contributed to Good Energy’s unique fuel mix – all while continuing to make delicious cheeses.”

Organic September

This September Good Energy is really excited to be teaming up with the Soil Association to sponsor Organic September for the fourth year running.

Just like buying organic cheese and butter from Wyke Farms, making a small change to Good Energy’s 100% renewable electricity and green gas is a fast, simple and easy process that everyone can do. Plus it can have a significant impact on your carbon footprint.

Thinking about taking your home or business in a greener direction? Want to sign up to 100% renewable electricity and green gas today? Find out more about Organic September, including how to switch and what we’re doing for it. 

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