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 23% - by working together, sharing ideas and through behavioural change. We are about to start work on our community owned renewable energy power station.

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).


The community car - a video update

Thanks to the hard work of Greg Ambrose and Tom Ellis we are getting more sign ups to our community electric car, a Nissan Leaf. They have done a series of promotions around Ashton Hayes. But we still need more customers! Here is a video they have kindly made to explain our difficulties. Well done guys.


Highly Commended by IET

Sadly we did not win the Sustainability award at the IET event on 9 November but we did get a 'highly commended' and we were all pleased to have been finalists from over 40 project entries this year. Thanks to EA Technology for hosting the table.


We are shortlisted for the IET award

We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Institute of Engineering and Technology's (IET) Sustainability award 2011. We have been shortlisted in the 'Sustainability' category for Expanding and Managing Community Energy through Technical and Social Collaboration in conjunction with our supporters Ashton Hayes, EA Technology Limited and ScottishPower. Fingers crossed for Wednesday night, 9 November.


Ashton Hayes Community Energy Company is formed

We are pleased to announce the formation of the Ashton Hayes Community Energy Company - a Community Interest Company (CIC) that will manage the generation of renewable energy in the village. All profits generated by the company will be ploughed back into sustainability initiatives in the community. Thanks to Carbon Leapfrog for the free advice on legal issues and to Professor Roy Alexander for doing all the paperwork! More on this soon.


Marketing push for electric car club

Membership of the Electric car club continues to grow but at a slower pace than we would like. We are delighted that Business Gradutes Greg Ambrose and Tom Ellis have come on board to help us understand the user needs and promote the marketing of this fantastic vehicle. They are currently carrying out a user survey and series of promotions that will encourage residents to try out the vehicle. Our aim to offer flexible hire terms that suit the needs of residents. We shall also share this data with the Commonwheels organisation which operates the car management system on our behalf.