ASK Renewables in the community:

The Derwenthorpe estate is in our view a pretty special place. Envisioned and built by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, it was created to be attractive, affordable, eco-friendly housing with easy access to the city of York. The community there is simply amazing. There is a thriving social scene and they are always looking for opportunities to expand their events calendar. This gave rise the Derwenthorpe Arts Festival which ASK have been delighted to sponsor over the last couple of years. It’s an event that invites the whole community to celebrate art, music, crafts and great food from the area.


A Community for the Climate.

From its inception, the estate was designed to be sustainable. The community around Derwenthorpe has carried on that tradition with vigour. We were invited by the community to present the possibilities of Solar Power a couple of years ago along with other companies so the whole community could weigh up their options and see how they could modify their houses to take advantage of the latest technology. We were really happy to find so many people with an interest in improving their lives and finances with solar. They asked hard questions and we gave straight answers leading to over 20 installations of Solar PV and battery storage systems of the next couple of years and we’re not finished yet! The appetite for more sustainable living, coupled with a strong community spirit is making this one of the nicest places to live in the area.


It’s not all Arty Party at this Party

The festival is amazing and let me put your mind at ease, it’s not all art and culture, although the arts and crafts on display ranged from painting, upcycled stationery, min-gardens, creative jewellery and much more. In fact the event is fantastically inclusive with entertainment for kids and adults of all ages. The music and dancing went on into the night this time with everything from Jazz, pop, drum ensembles and much more, accompanied by great Mexican food, a fabulous bar from the brewmeisters at Brew York, wonderful fresh coffee, ice-cream and of course, tea and cake! The organising team really brought together a little something for everyone. It was genuinely an amazing feat by the organisers and the Derwenthorpe. The event feels safe, happy, inclusive and with a veneer of mischievous fun that just brings this estate to life.


The importance in investing in our communities 

In short, we just think that community is important. As a company ASK Renewables have been around for a long time and we intend to be around for a lot longer. Solar PV systems typically last 25 years and more so our ongoing relationships with our customers mean a lot because every one of our customer knows that we are going to be around to support them for the life of their system. They will always have us to rely on. Building trust in the community is fundamental to who we are and earning and growing that trust are priorities for us. So sponsoring events like the Derwenthorpe Arts Festival is a real pleasure as we get to give a little something back to a community that has made us so welcome. Thanks to all of the organisers of the event we, can be there to keep supporting our customers in life as well as energy. See you next year!