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Green Power! Mill at Sonning Lights Up???

By • West End
A small theatre in Oxfordshire will become the first UK theatre to ‘go green’ this summer. From Monday 4 July 2005, the Mill at Sonning will be lighting up the countryside - literally. The converted flour mill’s machinery has been re-engineered to harness the flow of the Thames on which it sits and create 162,000 units of energy a year. That's enough to power not only the theatre’s lights but also to supply the electricity needed for backstage, the bar, restaurants and the offices with an anticipated surplus which they plan to sell to the National Grid. The plans were devised by the theatre’s owners and made possible thanks to funding from Oxfordshire County Council, South Oxfordshire District Council and an anonymous corporate donor. The Mill opened as a theatre in 1982 and has since produced over 200 plays. Expect their future productions to have much greener lighting.

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