by Michael dEstries
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cate blanchett, theatre

We knew Cate Blanchett’s involvement in taking the Sydney Theatre Co. green would be huge — but we had no idea she would help drive installation of the largest capacity building-mounted solar array in Australia?!

The theatre group announced last week that it will be installing a 2,000 panel rooftop solar system to be completed by 2010. The project is expected to make The Wharf (the building where STC is housed) use 70% less energy from the grid. Funding for the 500KW array is coming from various government grants and organizations — including the chief executive of Suntech Power; who not only is supplying the panels, but is probably fishing for some star-studded publicity.

Overall, the entire green renovation is expected to cost somewhere around $3.7 million. Besides the solar, there will be efficiency upgrades in the use of energy and lighting — as well as a rainwater harvesting, storage and distribution system to supply all of The Wharf’s non-potable water. In other words, it’s a kick-ass eco-upgrade.

For more information, check out the official website for the greening effort here.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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