Regal Cinema goes solar

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Cinema goers in Redruth will soon be able to enjoy screenings of the latest blockbusters powered by the sun, thanks to a Cornwall renewable energy company.

(l-r) Ed Doveston from Merlin Cinemas, Debbie Webb and Solen technical director Justin Mowbray

The Regal Cinema in Redruth is currently undergoing a major refurbishment, and as part of the work, a solar photovoltaic (PV) system has been installed on the cinema’s roof by Indian Queens-based Solen Energy UK, which is set to generate 20,000kw of electricity from sunlight each year.

Merlin Cinemas runs ten picture-houses across Cornwall and Devon, including Falmouth, Penzance, Helston and St Ives.

Merlin director Geoff Greaves says the installation will bring the facility right into the 21st century, and future-proof it against rising energy prices.

He said: “We are looking to the future. We’re tackling increasing electricity prices whilst being socially conscious as well.

“This is a pilot project for us – we estimate we have over an acre of roof-space across our cinemas, so if this works we hope to roll it out across our buildings.”

Solen’s sales and marketing manager, Debbie Webb, added: “The Regal is a very prominent building in the community and used by so many people, so we’re delighted to be working on such a high-profile project.

“It perfectly complements their refurbishment programme, as well as saving money and offering cleaner, greener energy.”

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