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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).


School PV panels: Invitation to tender

The Going Carbon Neutral Project is now inviting tender for the installation of PV panels on the roof of the primary school. The deadline for declaring your intention to tender is Friday 29 October.

Download the tender invitation letter, tender document and school plans (zip).

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Nissan Leaf electric car by 2011!

With the help of Paul Clarke, founder of the, and the DECC LCCC finance, Ashton Hayes residents should be driving one of the first true electric 5-seat hatchback cars in the New Year. Paul has persuaded Nissan UK to release one of its new Nissan Leaf vehicles to us, even though demand is immense. Here is Paul talking to the community about the car - looks fabulous.


Large turn out for 5-year anniversary

Cakes and bubbly draw a large audience at our 5th Anniversary event. The audience learned about the project history, found out how we did on our carbon surveys and how our behaviours have changed (download full summary), heard about the Nissan Leaf community electric car that we hope to have in Spring 2011 and discovered how the microgrid and heat store will work. We are also treated to the children's views on sustainable living and heard about Beth Barlow's plans for our new film entititled 'Letters from the Future'. Thanks to everyone who came along.

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Reminder: 5-year anniversary tonight at 7.30pm, Primary School

Everyone is welcome to join us in celebrating the 5 year anniversary of the project. There will be bubbly and soft drinks and cupcakes plus presentations by the school children, the 2010 carbon footprint survey and information about how we plan to spend the £400,000 DECC grant on a microgrid and community electric car.

We'll be filming the event too. Please try and come along


'Letters from the future film project' gets £4000 DECC grant

Our proposal to engage the younger people of the village by producing a 'Letters from the Future' film with producer Beth Barlow has received the go ahead and been awarded a £4000 grant from DECC. We'll explain more at our public meeting on the microgrid project and electric caar plans (see story below) on 7 October, 7.30-9pm at the Primary School. All welcome.