Go-Lo grew out of Macc2020, a Transition Town group based on the fringes of the Peak District in Cheshire. We established a trading structure in 2012 in order to take part in a number of DECC-funded community energy projects, focusing on both energy conservation and generation.
Following significant regulatory change in 2015, we decided to become a Community Interest Company in order to sharpen our ability to deliver social value through commercial projects. Our experience, track record and ‘feet on the ground’ philosophy make us the perfect partner for schools, local authorities of all sizes, community groups and clubs.
Dr Mike Rance retired in 2006 after a long career in the pharmaceutical industry. He became a director and senior shareholder of Microgeneration Ltd, an early entrant in the solar energy industry. He is currently Chair of Trustees of the Primary Science Teaching Trust, which provides support and continuing professional development to excellent teachers of science at primary level. He was also a director of Macclesfield Town Football Club and its Chairman for four years.
David Gooda graduated from Oxford University in 1996, and has worked in design and communications since 1998. He set up his own agency (Northern Design Collective Ltd) in 2005, and has advised clients across local government, charities, education and social housing. David served as Chair of Peaks and Plains Housing Trust from 2006-2015, and is currently Chair of both the Silk Heritage Trust and Macclesfield’s Barnaby Festival.
Thomas Rance press officer for Macclesfield Town FC for almost a decade, he has also has a history of working for ‘eco’ organisations including work on Go-Lo’s Green Deal campaign, acting as marketing manager for a local eco-retrofit company as well as spending time at an agency working with government funded organisations in both the recycling and energy efficiency industries.
Relaunch and RebrandOctober 27, 2016
With a move towards electrical generation and storage for homeowners, businesses and social enterprises, Go-Lo undergoes a rebrand to refresh the organisation.Read more
Return to Electrical RootsSeptember 21, 2015
Go-Lo return to their roots in electricity as they help to develop and run a study on the feasibility of placing batteries in homes to ‘timeshift’ power usage and save resident’s money while also helping to increase the benefits of renewable energy.Read more
Save HalfDecember 15, 2014
After the Green Deal’s lack of take-up nationally, the government rebranded the scheme as the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund to give grants and interest free loans to homeowners wishing to improve the energy efficiency of their property. Go Lo teamed up again with local eco-retrofit experts Solarcrest to promote and offer the scheme to the people of Cheshire East.Read more
Early SuccessesMay 24, 2013
Go-Lo’s bid to make Macclesfield a Green Deal Pioneer Town continued with the successful conversion of two local properties into ‘Eco-Showhomes’ alongside a well received poster and leaflet campaign to promote the Green Deal to the local area.Read more
Go-Lo meets Green DealFebruary 4, 2013
The Fledgling organisation is rebranded as Go-Lo to explore supplying the Government’s new Green Deal scheme to the people of East Cheshire and work begins on a large scale promotional campaign as a grant is received to push the initiative.Read more
Macclesfield Heat And Power FoundedNovember 7, 2012
A group of Macclesfield residents formed Macclesfield Heat and Power to look at ways of installing centralised heating and electricity generation for Macclesfield’s civic buildings and the town centre.Read more