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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).


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.


'Letters from the future' to be shown at Coop film festival

Our recent film, 'Letters from the Future' will be shown at the Coop Film festival on 7 October at the National Media Museum in Bradford.The film was made by four Ashton Hayes girls - Eleanor Hart 13, Emily Hopkins 11, Grace Owen 11 all of Ashton Hayes and Bella Ball 11 from Mouldsworth. It was produced by Elizabeth Barlow (Bootcamp) and coordinated by Kate Harrison. The filmed was financed by a £4000 grant from DECC under the Low Carbon Communities programme.

The Co-op Film Festival is a non-competitive and not-for-profit youth initiative run by The Co-operative to encourage young people to co-operate, develop creativity and express themselves. It is one of the longest running film festivals in the country and a huge celebration of young people’s creative film-making! It’s been going for a massive 45 years.


Large crowd attends our launch

Despite the temptation of the Wimbledon Men's Finals, the launch of the Ashton Hayes new recreation field with its low carbon pavilion and community electric car, drew a huge crowd. The fabulous new facilities were opened by the Lord Mayor of Chester, Eleanor Johnston and Amy Pattinson, and the event opened by the Deputy Lieutenant, David Newton. Thanks to the Chester Chronicle for coverage. The community shop did a roaring trade in ice cream and drinks and the Ashton Hayes Sports and Recreation Association, which developed the new field, signed up many 'Friends of the Field'. The Going Carbon Neutral Project played its role by raising the finance for the building and car (£300,000) - thanks to DECC. Full sete of photos can be found on Flickr thanks to Lynn and Richard of M&M Associates. Full programme.