ORGANISERS OF the 55,000-capacity Lowlands Festival in Lake Veluwe, Biddinghuizen, are about to realise a dream, when works starts in November on what is being hailed as the world’s largest solar carport.
The 35-hectare structure will consist of 90,000 solar panels, provide cover for 15,000 cars and generate around 35 billion kWh of electricity annually.
A venture between festival owner Mojo Concerts and renewable energy company Solarfields, the huge carport is expected to be operational by May 2021.
“As a festival organisation, we want to be part of the solution [to climate change] and contribute to an optimistic view of the future,” says Lowlands director Eric van Eerdenburg,
“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 to improve sustainability within our business operations. Actualising this together with Solarfields on a large scale is a long-held dream come true.”
Solarfields director Jelmer Pijlman adds, ”Over the past two-and-a-half 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 local authority support along the way. This project is a wonderful example of multiple land use: parking and sustainable energy production in the same space.”
Meanwhile, this year’s festival will take place on 21-23 August and feature artistes such as The Chemical Brothers, Stormzy and Foals.
Lowlands only sells three-day tickets, which includes camping and shuttle bus, and cost €220 ($237).