Clink cuts bills thanks to so­lar pan­els

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE Clink The­atre man­age­ment is look­ing for­ward to lower elec­tric­ity bills thanks to its suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tion for a grant to in­stall so­lar pan­els.

The lat­est grants from the state’s Gam­bling Fund will make a big dif­fer­ence to the the­atre’s fi­nances, said DTAG pres­i­dent Michael Kerr.

“For years the Dou­glas The­atre Arts Group has been bat­tling with the ex­tor­tion­ate elec­tric­ity bills it re­ceives when run­ning the air­con­di­tioner and the stage light­ing that has many 500w and 1000w globes to light the stage,” he said.

“Last month with the Sound Of Music play­ing the bill reached nearly $2000 for the month.

“Thanks to the Of­fice of Liquor and Gam­ing those bills will soon start to re­duce.”

This sys­tem will gen­er­ate enough for all the power needs when the the­atre is not in full op­er­a­tion.

Cur­rently fans, lights, re­frig­er­a­tion etc run 24 hours whether the the­atre is be­ing used or not.

“So now while the the­atre is sit­ting idle through the many days of the week it will not need to draw from the main power grid,” Mr Kerr said.

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