Lowlands Festival organiser MOJO and renewable energy provider Solarfields will build the world’s largest solar carport. The solar park will be built in the Lowlands car park covering 35 hectares and operational in May 2021
Some 90,000 solar panels will produce around 35,000,000 kWh of electricity annually, the equivalent to the energy consumption of roughly 100 festival weekends.
Lowlands Festival takes place annually at a fixed location in Biddinghuizen and the solar carport will be a permanent asset at this location.
Lowlands director Eric van Eerdenburg said: “Without swift and concrete measures our young visitors will experience the effects of climate change and environmental pollution in their daily lives.
“As a festival organisation we want to be part of the solution and contribute to an optimistic view of the future. We hope to be a source of inspiration for our visitors to play their part – no matter how small – in making the world more sustainable.
“About 12 years ago we started research on how improve sustainability within our business operations. Actualizing this together with Solarfields on a large scale is a long-held dream come true.”
Solarfields director Jelmer Pijlman added: “Over the past 2.5 years, we have worked hard with MOJO to address all challenges involved in a project of this magnitude. We were fortunate to get a great deal of authority support along the way and think it is fantastic that we can announce this now. The location is perfect for making The Netherlands more sustainable and this project is a wonderful example of multiple land use: parking and sustainable energy production in the same space!”
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