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Bonaroo goes solar with fans' help


A permanent solar array has been installed at Bonaroo for 2013. Event organizers say it will fund almost 20 percent of the festival's electricity.

Earlier this month, Bonaroo representatives announced the installstion of the 50kw solar system

It's the first permanent solar array for a music festival, according to local firm Sustainable Future and Vermont-based Encore Redevelopment, both of whom worked on the install.

The system includes 196 panels mounted to the roof of a metal structure in the festival's back stage area.

Photos submitted/Kaleidoscope Media

Bonaroo's solar system will generate more than 61,000 kWh per year and is already collecting power in advance of the festival.

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"Running part of Bonnaroo on solar power has long been a goal, as it underscores the commitment of Bonnaroo organizers and our community to the environment," said festival partner Rich Goodstone from Superfly Presents. "None of this could have been possible without the immense support of the generous and forward-thinking Bonnaroo community.  Their contributions have brought this project to fruition."

The project was funded completely by festival-goers who chose to add $1 to their ticket price during their purchase.

In addition, the festival added a $1 fee starting in 2012 to generate guaranteed resources for more green initiatives.

As a certified participant in TVA's Green Power Provider Program, Bonnaroo will sell all of the energy produced by the solar PV system back to the local utility distribution network. Locally, Bonnaroo worked with Duck River Utilities and Tennessee Valley Authority to bring the project to completion.

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