August 1, 2011
solar energy plan approved for Burnham's Princess Theatre
Princess Theatre will soon be partially powered by solar energy
as part of a £30,000 project to reduce the building's electricity
The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre has put forward proposals
to the Town Council for a number of solar panels to be installed
on the building's south-facing roof.
The scheme unanimously approved by councillors when it was considered
during a Town Council meeting on Monday (August 1st).
Princess Management Committee's Chairman, Cllr Peter Burridge-Clayton,
(pictured below) told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The solar panels
will cost in the region of £28,000 to £30,000 to install."
our research shows they will save The Princess £1,000 per
year in electricity charges and will bring in additional annual
income of around £3,500 when we feed unused electricity
into the National Grid."
added: "The south facing roof of The Princess is ideal as
it naturally gets plenty of sunlight and is also out of sight."
Cllr Phil Harvey has spent several weeks researching the scheme
to get the best value for money and biggest return.
It has been proposed that the project be funded with £10,000
from the Town Council's general reserves and £20,000 from
Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported earlier this year on the transferal
of ownership of The Princess from Sedgemoor District Council
to Burnham and Highbridge Town Council. The District Council sold
The Princess for the nominal sum of £1.