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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 significantly - 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).


Our solar panels continue to perform well

Performance of solar photovoltaic panels at Ashton Hayes Sports pavilion

The generation performance of the solar photovoltaic panels at Ashton Hayes sports pavilion has been remarkably consistent since they were installed seven years ago (Figure 1). This has occurred despite fluctuations in sunshine hours over the years (see Figure 2 below). Quarters are seasonal.

Quarterly sunshine hours at Northwich have varied over the period with even this summer having a lower peak than 2013 and 2014 when summarised over a whole quarter (Figure 2).

However, there remains a strong correlation between sunshine hours and panel generation as shown in Figure 3 below. Note the difference between winter/spring figures (lower left points) and those from spring and summer (upper right).



An evening in Cumbria at Wilf's Cafe

On 29 November 2018, Garry will present a talk on the project to residents of South Lakeland. The event, sponsored by Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS), will run from 6:30 - 9pm. The organiser, Dr Rhona Pringle, informs us that the event is already a sell out. Wifl'e Cafe, Staveley.


ADAPT team visits Ashton Hayes 

On Wednesday 18th April, Kate and Alex hosted a visit by nine members of ADAPT (Audlem and District Acting Positively for Transition). On a beautiful sunny evening we spent an hour or so at the pavilion before taking a stroll around the village. ADAPT were keen to learn how we had engaged the community in the carbon neutral project and what we had achieved over the past 12 years. We also spent some time discussing options for the use of an area of land in Audlem. You can find out more about ADAPT and download their cycling guide to Audlem at"


 Chris from ADAPT also put an article on their visit here.


AHCE AGM 15 March 2018

The AGM of the Ashton Hayes Community Energy Company was held at the Parish Rooms on 15 March and chaired by Professor Roy Alexander. Roy welcomed Richard Straddling onto the AHCE Board and gave a review of the year and plans ahead. A debate followed and there was a good discussion about potential projects and things that need doing. Here is the slide set from the meeting. If you wish to join the Energy Company as a member please contact Kate Harrison



Farewell to Garry & Anne Charnock

On 11th November 2017 the community bade farewell to Garry and Anne Charnock

Ashton Hayes Community Energy (GCN project), AHSRA and members from the Parish Council and community shop threw a party in the Pavilion to say thanks and goodbye to Garry & Anne Charnock. Garry thought up the idea of the Carbon Neutral Project in 2005 and has worked, with Roy Alexander and many others, on reducing the village carbon fooprint for the past 12 years. The group wished them both a happy time in their new home on the Island of Bute - which is trying to be a carbon neutral and zero waste island! They say they will pay regular visits to Ashton Hayes.