Now in Association with

Ashton Hayes Community Energy CIC

Located in rural Cheshire, Ashton Hayes is a well knit community of about 1000 people that is aiming to become England's first carbon neutral community. We started our journey in January 2006 and since then we have already cut our carbon dioxide emissions by 40% - by working together, sharing ideas and through behavioural change. We now have our community owned renewable energy company.

This website encapsulates our journey towards carbon neutrality and offers free advice and guidance. Please feel free to use anything from our website (we'd like a credit if you can).


We have teamed up with our community energy company

Things are moving fast in Ashton Hayes with the installation of low carbon buildings and community owned PV arrays on public buildings. In order to manage the 'business side' of our village operations we have formed the Ashton Hayes Community Energy - a Community Interest Company (AHCE CIC). Our friends at Carbon Leapfrog gave us advise on setting up this organisation which currently has a Board made up of volunteers and we are now opening our membership to residents who wish to get involved with this interesting and pioneering social enterprise. Our overall aim is to promote renewable energy, lower carbon living and sustainable lifestyles - and work closely with other community organisations such as the village shop, recreation field and the Parish Council. AHCE has just completed work on its LEAF project and we plan to share the findings with like minded communities.


Nissan Leaf is now for sale

We are sadly having to part company with our Nissan Leaf as we have not achieved the level of membership to enable us to run the car effectively in 2012. We are keen to sell it to another community or Local resident. The proceeds will be invested in projects that make our village more sustainable and reduce carbon. The key problem seems to be that, in a village with no public transport, most people are geared up with independent transport and hiring the car is not proving an attractive proposition. We tried! Email one of our team if you are interested. (see contacts)


DECC features Ashton Hayes as 'community of the month' 

The Community Energy Online site run by DECC is featuring us this month. See the following link for details.


ScottishPower Energy Networks helps us to monitor our energy use

Residents of Ashton Hayes can now see how much energy the village is using thanks to an innovative monitoring system installed around the village by our technical supporter, ScottishPower Energy Networks (SPEN). The company has set up a web portal that will soon be giving us detailed data on electricity use across the community. The initial site is currently fairly brief but over the next couple of weeks we should be in a position to upload the community reports for October, November, December and January. The aim of the research will help SPEN see the impact that PV panels, electric cars and other renewables have on their network and help the community plan for the future.


Village wins LEAF grant from DECC

We are delighted to have been selected by DECC for funding under its LEAF programme. Well done to all the team especially Dr Mary Gillie and Ashton Hayes Community Energy Company. Thanks to the community shop and Parish Council and all who supported our bid. For more click here