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Energy efficiency generating big savings at iconic entertainment venues

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Visitor attractions giant, Merlin Entertainments, has benefited from almost half a million pounds in energy savings over the last two years, thanks to its embracing of energy-efficient technologies.

The international theme park operator Merlin Entertainments achieved the savings through initiatives across its theme parks worldwide, including Alton Towers in Staffordshire, where the company recently agreed a power purchase agreement (PPA) for an on-site combined heat and power plant which produces 854kWe of renewable energy – enough to provide 30% of the electricity and 41% of the heat requirement for the resort.
Alton Towers
Meanwhile Legoland Windsor is about to flick the switch on a new 30kw solar PV system which will power the venue's iconic 'Miniland'.

At Madame Tussauds London a variable speed drive project and LED fit-out have together cut the site’s energy costs by £50,000 in two years. And in Surrey, Thorpe Park is undergoing a switch to LEDs in places where the technology is financially viable. The site also recently underwent a sub-metering programme which Ilori says “has been instrumental in localised management of energy use”.

Meanwhile, outside of the UK a 2 MW solar carpark at Legoland Florida and an LED rollout at a combined resort in Sydney Harbour – which saves £40,000 a year – are among 25 sustainability upgrades made by the group's corporate and local sustainability teams over the past year.