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Getting serious about Greening The Wharf ... from left, George Maltabarow (Managing Director, Energy Australia), Frank Sartor (NSW Minister for Climate Change), Cate Blanchett (Co Artistic Director, STC), Virginia Judge (NSW Minister for the Arts).

POSTED: 27 JUNE 2010

The Wharf goes green, as STC aims for groundbreaking sustainability*

After three years of planning and fund-raising, construction has started on Sydney Theatre Company’s solar power station on the roof of the company’s home base at The Wharf, Walsh Bay.

As installation of the second-largest roof-top solar array in Australia — more than 1900 solar panels — got underway, Artistic Directors Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett gratefully acknowledged critical support for the groundbreaking project, which has been titled Greening The Wharf.

Efforts to raise funds for the project have been rewarded with $1.17 million from the NSW Government’s Public Facilities Program, the result of a combined application with Arts NSW, which will administer the grant on behalf of all tenants of Pier 4/5.

In addition, EnergyAustralia has become the lead corporate partner and energy advisor for Greening The Wharf in a three-year corporate partnership.

Sydney Theatre Company is now well on the way to transforming The Wharf into a unique demonstration of how buildings — even heritage-listed ones — can be made more sustainable.

The project, which will deliver the majority of Sydney Theatre Company’s energy and water requirements from sustainable sources, is believed to be a first for any theatre company in the world in its scale and comprehensive approach to sustainability.

“It’s our hope that Greening The Wharf increases awareness of climate change and demonstrates that there are a wide range of measures that can be taken to reduce our carbon footprint and conserve resources,” said Upton and Blanchett.

*Based on media release issued by Sydney Theatre Company.