In its bid to move towards ecological and organisational sustainability the Tobacco Factory Theatre has just installed Photovoltaic panels across the entire saw tooth roof structure of the Tobacco Factory. This is the largest renewable energy system of any arts organisation in the region and one of the largest in the country.
The ambitious project was made possible by grants from the Biffaward Landfill Trust and the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s Low Carbon Buildings Programme. The panels cover 164m² of the roof space and will produce a carbon saving of approximately 253 tonnes (the equivalent of filling over 10 hot air balloons a year for then next 25 years), they will contribute over 33% of the Theatre’s total energy requirements. The Theatre hopes to be an exemplary leader within the arts sector and educate audiences, visitors and staff alike about the benefits and possibilities of carbon footprint reduction.