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Roof-top turbine for music venue

Artist's impression of the turbine on top of Colston Hall
The new foyer is due to open in September

A 42ft (13m) wind turbine will be erected on the roof of Bristol's Colston Hall to generate green electricity for the concert venue.

The turbine will generate 27,000kWh of electricity each year and is in addition to 25 solar panels which have been installed to make hot water.

The project will save eight tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year.

The total cost of 43,000 has been met with 30,000 from EDF Energy's Green Fund and 13,000 from the city council.

Green energy

The 2,000-seat concert venue was awarded money towards the renewable energy as part of a refurbishment of the building.

A new foyer has been built next to the existing hall, with a new box office, education facilities, performance spaces, bars and restaurants.

The new building is due to open in September 2009.

"It's important for us to develop sustainable energy practices at this iconic new building for Bristol and set a standard for other venues to do the same," said Graeme Howell, Colston Hall's director.

"This wind turbine is one of the measures that will help ensure that while providing our audiences and visitors with the very best level of comfort and entertainment, we're doing our best to balance our energy usage, and to care for the earth a little better."

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