SolarWorld Solar Panels Will Tap June Sunshine at Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Music
Fans pay for first permanent solar array for major annual U.S. festival
HILLSBORO, Ore. -- June 12, 2013
When world-renowned musicians such as Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons and
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis take the stage starting tomorrow at Bonnaroo Music and
Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., solar panels from SolarWorld, the largest
U.S. solar manufacturer for more than 35 years, will offset electricity used
to power their performances. A 50-kilowatt array, which festival attendees
paid for out of their own pockets, is the first permanent solar system
installed at a major American music festival. The clean energy produced by the
system is equivalent to 20 percent of the power consumed at Bonnaroo during
the annual four-day music and art extravaganza.
Voluntary contributions from Bonnaroo’s roughly 80,000 annual attendees,
collected through ticket sales since 2012, footed the bill for the system.
Bonnaroo reserves opt-in donations exclusively for onsite sustainability
improvements. In addition, festival organizers added a $1 fee to every ticket
sold in 2012 to generate additional money for green initiatives. The solar
installation directly resulted from both types of fan support.
“Running part of Bonnaroo on solar power has long been our goal as it
underscores our commitment to the environment,” said Festival Partner Rich
Goodstone of Superfly Presents. “Construction of the new solar array is
complete, and we are looking forward to unveiling it to fans tomorrow.”
Composed of 196 solar panels made by SolarWorld in Hillsboro, Ore., the system
was planned by Encore Redevelopment of Burlington, Vt., and installed in early
2013 by Sustainable Future, a SolarWorld authorized installer based in
Knoxville, Tenn. The system, mounted on the roof of a metal structure in the
backstage area, will generate more than 61,000 kilowatt-hours of energy each
year – equal to about 20 percent of Bonnaroo’s total annual power needs. While
the system will not be visible to patrons, fans will peruse a solar display in
“Planet Roo,” an area devoted to sustainability.
“Sustainable Future is proud to be a part of the Bonnaroo Festival and support
the sustainability efforts of both the fans and festival organizers. The solar
array will generate electricity for music lovers for many decades to come,”
said David Bolt, company founder. Sustainable Future will supply an
additional, temporary solar array at this year’s festival, which will provide
shade as well as electricity for fans. “An important aspect of sustainability
is to use land efficiently. Employing panels to create shade for fans next to
the solar stage at Bonnaroo is a great way to accomplish this.”
Bonnaroo is one of the largest and most popular U.S. music festivals. Staged
over four days on a 700-acre farm, Bonnaroo hosts hundreds of nationally and
internationally known bands and performers every June. Since its inception in
2002, the festival has pioneered programs that reduce its environmental impact
and encourage fans to embrace environmentally conscientious lifestyles
throughout the year. The festival is the only six-time U.S. recipient of “A
Greener Festival” award, the international standard for environmentally
efficient music festivals.
“Bonnaroo is setting an example for both high musical standards and low
environmental impact,” said Kevin Kilkelly, president of SolarWorld Americas.
“In opening their own wallets to ensure a cleaner, greener concert experience,
fans sent out a heartening message about the American public’s embrace of
SolarWorld AG manufactures solar power systems and in doing so contributes to
a cleaner energy supply worldwide. The company, located in Bonn, employs
approximately 2,600 people and carries out production in Freiberg, Germany,
and Hillsboro, USA. From raw material silicon to the solar module, SolarWorld
manages all stages of production ‒ including its own research and development.
Through an international distribution network, SolarWorld supplies customers
all over the world with solar modules and complete systems. The company
maintains high social standards at all locations across the globe, and has
committed itself to resource- and energy-efficient production. SolarWorld has
been publicly traded on the stock market since 1999. More information at
About Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
Internationally acclaimed Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival was conceived in 2002
and is among the top events in the world, hosting an annual four-day spread
reaching over 80,000 spectators with 150 performances on 10+ stages. The
popular festival, held on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tenn., takes place
every summer in June and has served as a launching pad for music artists
including Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, Norah Jones, Jack Johnson, Robert
Randolph, My Morning Jacket, Ray Lamontagne, Matisyahu, and many others. For
more information, visit www.bonnaroo.com.
About Sustainable Future, LLC
The Sustainable Future team has over 40 years’ experience in the solar
industry and has been servicing the solar and sustainability needs of its
clients since 2005 out of Knoxville, Tenn. Projects range from small
sub-1-kilowatt off-grid systems to 200-kilowatt commercial systems to
multi-megawatt solar farms. More information at www.sustainablefuture.biz.
SolarWorld Industries America
Devon Cichoski, 805-388-6388
Media Relations Manager
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