Lowlands Festival opens solar carport for 15,000 cars

Mojo Concerts has opened a 35-hectare solar carport at the Lowlands Festival car park, offering space for 15,000 cars.

Developed by Solar Carport Biddinghuizen and realised by Solarfields, the carport is reportedly the largest sustainable car park. With the help of 90,000 solar panels, the system provides a capacity of 35 MWp, which can supply approximately 10,000 households with green energy. This output is equivalent to the power consumption of about 100 Lowlands Festival weekends annually. The solar carport will be a fixture at this location.

The annual Lowlands Festival takes place at a fixed location in Biddinghuizen. The organisation has been working for years to make the festival more sustainable. Energy consumption remains a challenge here. Approximately 300,000 kWh of electricity is consumed at Lowlands. Generators currently generate almost all electricity. With the construction of the solar carport, the festival is taking an enormous step towards sustainability.

The bifacial solar panels for this large-scale solar carport allow light to pass through. This means that the light reflected by the ground can also be used to generate energy. In addition to a higher energy yield, this gives the opportunity to allow the grass under the solar panels to grow better. Because the carport is only used as a parking space a few times a year, sheep graze there during the rest of the year.Ruben Brouwer, director of Mojo Concerts, said: “We are proud of the realisation of solar carport. For our company it is essential that we are committed to a sustainable society and this initiative ensures that more sustainable, green energy is generated. This is an important step within our energy transition towards using renewable energy solely.

Eric van Eerdenburg, festival director of Lowlands, said: ‘”e are proud that this solar carport has been opened in collaboration with Solarfields after years of development. As a festival organisation, we want to cultivate an optimistic vision of the future and play a role in solving climate problems. In this way, we hope to be a source of inspiration for our visitors to contribute – no matter how small – to making the world more sustainable.”