Family theme park, Paultons Park, is leading the way in encouraging renewable energy following its recent planning application to install solar panels on the roof of its new 30,000 square foot welcome building.

Paultons Park is keen to build on its commitment of providing a sustainable energy source and add to its existing number of solar panels already running efficiently at the Hampshire-based attraction.

The management team is currently going through the process of applying for formal planning permission for the installation of the additional solar panels and has received support from the local Parish Council.

Commenting on the planning application, Paultons Park commercial director, Stephen Lorton, said: “As part of our corporate social responsibility, we put great emphasis on sustainability and explore options to make the theme park environmentally-friendly.

“Once installed, the energy generated by the solar panels is expected to meet around 20 per cent of the park’s annual needs and represents a £300,000 investment for us to self-generate electricity.”

If planning is approved, it will be the fourth set of solar panels to be commissioned and will be installed on the roof of the welcome building, which was officially opened to the public in 2014, and is home to the theme park’s Wildwoods Restaurant and The Big Toy Shop.

As well as the solar panels, Paultons Park boasts a green track record. The theme park has a stringent waste management system in place minimising what is sent to landfill.  This includes recycling cardboard, plastics, wood and metal, plus recycling food into compost. Paultons has also introduced bicycles and three electric vehicles for its staff in order for them to get around the park with ease and reduce carbon emissions.

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