New £23,000 solar energy farm powers Burnham-On-Sea theatre
£23,000 project to create a huge solar energy farm on top
of Burnham-On-Sea's Princess Theatre has been completed.
photovoltaic cells have been installed on the roof of the theatre
in Princess Street, as pictured here, and they are already generating
around £400 of electricity per month.
is expected the cells will considerably reduce the theatre's energy
costs while also generating income for Burnham and Highbridge
Town Council, which runs the building.
Theatre Chairman Peter Burridge-Clayton told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The PV cells have been successfully installed and are generating
income for the tax payers of Burnham and Highbridge. In the long
term, this scheme will benefit both The Princess and the council."
Phil Harvey, who was one of the project's originators, added:
"At the current rate, the panels will be fully paid off within
five years. I'm delighted the cells are in place, creating not
only income but 'green' energy as well."
Manager Andy Pullyn added that the solar energy farm maintains
the theatre's commitment to reducing costs.
The panels were installed by Ethical Solar and have come in well
within the budget of £30,000 agreed by the Town Council.
Town Council took over the theatre from Sedgemoor District Council
last Spring and has brought it back from the brink of closure.
Princess Chairman Peter Burridge-Clayton and theatre manager Andy
Pullyn with the new solar panels on the theatre roof