Solar stars in leading theatre role
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, 36 KW system, which 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,” Mr Wilkie 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.”
“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.
Last year Noosa Arts Theatre’s production of What the Butler Saw involved an intricate light show drawing heavily on power sources. This is set to change as future show draw on renewable energy.