Who we are…
Askrigg Community Energy (ACE) was created by a group of seven small not for profit organisations located in Askrigg; a deeply rural off gas village in Upper Wensleydale serving communities across Upper Wensleydale within the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The ACE steering group Yorebridge sport development Association, Yorebridge Education Foundation, Bainbridge Askrigg and West Burton Schools, Low Mill Outdoor Activity Centre, St Oswalds Church, Askrigg Foundation, Askrigg Village Hall and Askrigg Parish Council.
Why we’re here…
Our aim is to develop a community owned renewable energy generation scheme which will enable Askrigg organisations and residents to be able to afford sufficient energy to provide a warm / useful environment that will satisfy perpetually increasing demand.
ACE want to be able to:
- Cope with the impact of more adverse extreme weather events
- Use sustainable energy to mitigate harm to the environment.
- Avoid unnecessary use of unsustainable fossil fuels
- Increase the take up of community services
- Improve budget accuracy and affordability of fuel/energy
What we’re up to…
Since applying to the Rural Community Energy Fund ACE have been successful in getting a grant to carry out a feasibility study to investigate reliable and cost effective local renewable energy systems to generate heat and electricity and to look at electric vehicle charging points for residents , visitors and the community in Askrigg.
We sent out Invitations to Quote and received 4 valid and competitive quotes. Our evaluation panel have individually assessed them and the group evaluation will result in our chosen supplier being invited to present to stakeholders .
The contract is due to be awarded on 11th August.
The feasibility study seeks to carry out the following key stages:
- Options analysis
- Opportunity analysis
- Feasibility study report
We propose to…
- Investigate reliable and cost effective local renewable energy systems to generate electricity
- Consider electric vehicle charging points for residents, visitors and community vehicles
- Encourage the participation of other local organisations
We (ACE) held a competition to design a logo for this new project which has been funded by the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority. The local school children have created designs for the project logo.
The winning logo design was created by Rosalind Civil who received the prize of a hand pressing flashlight (which has no batteries or bulbs) on the last day of term.
The winning logo design is at the top left of our page.
Well done – we all love the design.
Read our news…
Askrigg was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was called Ascric. The name comes from Old Norse for a ridge where ash trees grow.
The Parish church of St Oswald dates to 1466 and the first official market was held here in 1587 after Elizabeth 1 granted a royal charter permitting a weekly Thursday market which sadly no longer takes place.
Askrigg was also the first place in Wensleydale to have electric light. In 1908 an entrepreneur named William Burton used the machinery at a nearby mill to generate electricity. This continued to power the village until 1948 when Askrigg was connected onto the National Grid.
Following our feasibility study there may be local electricity generation for the Askrigg community once again.