Having an organization like the theatre make such a remarkable investment in clean energy is a great indicator of the cost effectiveness, environmental advantage and social benefits of solar energy.
Worcester, MA (PRWEB) September 07, 2012
The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts is making the switch to green energy, sourcing approximately 80% of its electricity through the use of a five acre solar farm located in Leicester, Massachusetts. Now operating in its fifth year and most spectacular season yet, The Hanover Theatre is proud to be leading the way as one of the largest performing arts centers in the country to source the majority of its electricity from solar power.
“The vision of the theatre is to be the finest performing arts center in New England,” said Ted Hudson, facilities manager at The Hanover Theatre. “The performing arts may not normally be associated with renewable energy, but by being a leader in the community the theatre hopes to set an example for other organizations, not just in Worcester but regionally and nationally, as well. Performers in the entertainment world are also becoming quite conscious of their carbon footprint. Combine that with the amount saved each year in energy costs, and it’s mutually beneficial for everyone.”
The Hanover Theatre’s roof could not support a solar system of adequate size, so with the assistance of Prince Lobel Tye LLP of Boston, the theatre is now part of a net metering credit system through National Grid. The theatre will purchase solar credits at a significant discount, utilizing the power generated from the Hanover Off Site Solar Power LLC farm in Leicester.
The Hanover Theatre kicks off its season with THE HANOVER THEATRE GOES SOLAR on September 12 at 5:30pm, as part of the Access Hanover Lyceum Series. Attendees will enjoy a panel discussion from leading experts in the renewable energy sector, including panelists Dr. David Angel (moderator), Clark University’s president; a representative from the renewable energy group at the law firm of Prince Lobel Tye LLP; John O’Dell, Worcester Energy’s president; Vincent DeVito, IES executive director; and Debra Cary, Mass Audubon Broad Meadow Brook’s executive director. The discussion will focus on the case study of The Hanover Theatre’s solar project, why it’s important and how a renewable energy strategy can be implemented by other organizations. Attendees will learn more about what is currently taking place in the area of green energy, who are the businesses and individuals making a difference using alternative energy sources, and what resources area available to anyone interested in transitioning to renewable energy. The discussion will conclude with a reception, giving attendees the opportunity to network with speakers of the panel.
Vincent DeVito, executive director of the Institute for Energy and Sustainability, is enthusiastic about the theatre’s solar initiative and their partnership with the theatre for the event. “The Institute for Energy & Sustainability is proud to co-host and support the theatre as they celebrate their purchase of 1MW of solar energy at their Lyceum event. Having an organization like the theatre make such a remarkable investment in clean energy is a great indicator of the cost effectiveness, environmental advantage and social benefits of solar energy - it is great to see renewable energy taking center stage,” said DeVito.
Tickets to THE HANOVER THEATRE GOES SOLAR are free for members of The Hanover Theatre, Prince Lobel, the Institute for Energy and Sustainability, Worcester Energy and Mass Audubon Broad Meadow Brook. Tickets are $10 for the general public with a $5 discount to members of WISE. Tickets are available online at TheHanoverTheatre.org by phone at 877.571.SHOW (7469) or at The Hanover Theatre Box Office located at 2 Southbridge Street in downtown Worcester.
About The Hanover Theatre
The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, located in downtown Worcester, New England’s second largest city, is recognized by Pollstar as one of the Top 50 Theatres in the World. After undergoing many name changes and renovations over the decades since its 1926 birth, The Hanover Theatre reopened in March 2008 following a $32 million historic restoration. Since then, the theatre has established its place as a rich entertainment and cultural venue, winning numerous awards, including The National Trust for Historic Preservation Award in 2010. Now in its fifth season, The Hanover Theatre continues to expose over 170,000 annual patrons to world-class entertainment in the form of Broadway, concerts, comedians and much more. For more information, visit TheHanoverTheatre.org. Worcester Center for the Performing Arts, a registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, owns and operates The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.