Solar panels funded by music festival (Jan 29, 2019)

Solar panels to be installed on our schools in the next few months will be partly funded by festival goers.

Energy Revolution, a charity that collects donations from festival goers who offset their carbon emissions from travelling to a concert, is investing its 2018 funds in Solar for Schools Community Benefit Society (CBS).

The charity helps live event organisers like Festival Republic, who run Download and the Reading festivals, tackle the negative environmental impacts from fossil-fuel travel. In 2018, audiences, suppliers and touring artists working with Energy Revolution offset the carbon emissions of over 3 million car miles.

The money collected will be invested in the next batch of schools, which are owned by the Solar for Schools CBS, to equip them with solar panels in 2019.

Robert Schrimpff, CEO of Solar for Schools, says, “The interests of the Energy Revolution and of ourselves to cut carbon emissions from energy use dovetail. We are delighted that solar panels for more schools in our community benefit society will be funded thanks to this initiative through encouraging young festival goers to offset their travel carbon emissions. “

The funding provided will enable more schools to produce low-cost clean solar generated electricity and at the same time help education more young people about living more sustainably.

Energy Revolution believes that reducing carbon emissions is always the first step; increasing coach travel, encouraging electric vehicles and incentivising greener ways to travel. Energy Revolution’s free Guide to Sustainable Travel shares ideas, tools and case studies of how festivals can engage audiences. Download the travel guide and find out more at