CREW and Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) have been awarded up to £15,000 funding to generate solar power in one of Wandsworth’s most iconic venues.
CREW and BAC are targeting to meet over 50% of the venue’s demand through the installation of solar panels, while exploring further opportunities to improve the building’s sustainability including the inclusion of battery storage to serve the venue’s key demand periods during night time performances.
BAC welcomes over 100,000 people to its building every year to enjoy a wide and varied programme of over 650 shows. Furthermore, it plays a vital role in the local community, working with 5000 young people each year to stimulate creativity and interest in the arts.
Throughout the BAC’s extensive renovation programme they are endeavouring to make this Grade II listed building as sustainable as possible. Following the success of CREW’s first project with the Doddington and Rollo Community Association to retrofit LED lights and sensors through the building, this funding provides a fantastic opportunity to further improve the sustainability of another of Battersea’s community hubs.
The funding allows CREW to plan and deliver a project alongside BAC, however the cost of the actual installation is not included. For the moment, the two organisations are working together to assess the building needs, discuss plans with English Heritage and develop a financial model for the duration of the solar panel life span.
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For more information on BAC: https://www.bac.org.uk/
For more information on the Mayor’s Community Energy Fund winners: https://www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/mayoral/mayor-of-london-to-boost-clean-solar-energy
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