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Tuesday, September 11, 2012


The Hanover Theatre is constantly striving to be the finest performing arts center in New England, and it may soon be the "greenest."

At an event tomorrow night, the theatre will officially go solar, with an expected 80 percent of its electricity to come from solar power. The event, "The Hanover Theatre Goes Solar," will also serve as the kickoff for the venue's most anticipated season yet, featuring shows like Broadway's Mary Poppins.

The 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 electricity will come from a five-acre solar farm in nearby Leicester.

"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."

Attendees will get to hear from leading authorities in the field of renewable energy. Clark University President Dr. David Angel will moderate the event, and will be joined by Worcester Energy President John O'Dell and others to discuss the theatre's renewable energy plan. Those in attendance will also learn how they can make the switch to renewable energy sources and what the entire transition entails.

As for the theatre's move to solar energy, Hudson says it made sense, given the current feelings of those in the theatre industry, and the vast economic benefits.

"Performers in the entertainment world are also becoming quite conscious of their carbon footprint," Hudson said. "Combine that with the amount saved each year in energy costs, and it's mutually beneficial for everyone."

The event is set to begin tomorrow, September 12th, at 5:30 pm. Admission is for members of the Hanover Theatre and $10 to members of the general public.  


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