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Solar panels opened by TV star Gloria Hunniford

TV star and The Stag patron Gloria Hunniford OBE officially opened our new solar panel system.

The project’s completion has resulted in 120 panels being installed across two of the buildings south-facing roofs. The panels will generate 55kW of electricity to be fed directly into our Theatre and Cinema as well as the 16 batteries, storing 98kW of energy.

Battery storage extends the use of solar electricity into the evening, when we are especially busy.

Andrew Eyre, Chief Executive of The Stag, said: “We have been reducing The Stag’s carbon footprint since 2014 and this is a huge step as part of that journey.

Our Sevenoaks partnership with Juliet ffrench and PVSI has designed the potential to double the battery capacity. We just need the cash to do it.

However, the system now should save us around £12,000 to £14,000 per year and I would like to express my thanks to Sevenoaks Town and District Councils for their help and support.”

The installation of the panels also enabled access to the roof for the first time in 30 years, allowing it to be cleaning, re-sealed and for installation of a wire safety system to future-proof roof-level maintenance.

After cutting the ceremonial ribbon, Gloria Hunniford said: “I completely support The Stag and it is wonderful that they have been able to use a Sevenoaks company to carry out the work.

The Stag is such an important part of Sennockian life and long may it continue to provide arts and entertainment for the people of Sevenoaks.”