Theatre goes solar

A scene from the highly successful Noosa Arts Theatre production of What The Butler Saw in 2018, which had an intricate lighting design drawing on power, which now will be drawn from a renewable energy source.

A new solar system is playing a starring role in Noosa Arts Theatre’s 50th Year, generating cash, reducing power bills and helping the group secure a more financially and environmentally responsible future.

Theatre president Frank Wilkie said the installation of the 97-panel, 36KW system that has converted roof surface into a cash generator was a great way to open the curtain on the theatre’s 50th Anniversary year.

“The installation by local solar firm Home and Energy was seamless and linked with the Federal Government’s rebate scheme which reduced costs by 40 per cent,” Frank said.

“Now the theatre’s roof generates income during daylight hours to cover power bills and pay down the system.”

The theatre took advantage of a free Eco Biz audit, arranged through Noosa Council, which assesses business and community group’s energy, water and waste practices and costs.

“The Eco Biz audit set Noosa Arts along the path to smarter, cleaner, cooler, low energy LED lighting and appliance use.,” Frank said.

“This solar system reduces costs even further and helps the theatre play its part in the global transition to a more financially and environmentally responsible future.”

Noosa Shire was the first in Queensland to introduce a Zero Emissions target and involves assisting community groups, businesses and homes share the economic and environmental benefits of being carbon neutral by 2026.

Community groups can contact Council on 5329 6500 for further advice on ecoBiz or visit their website https://ecobiz.cciq.com.au Local group Zero Emissions Noosa can also provide advice on solar systems at https://www.zeroemissionsnoosa.com.au

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