The US festival will be powered by 100% renewable energy

California’s Mill Valley Music Festival says it will be the first American festival powered by 100% renewable energy.

The upcoming weekend edition (May 11-12) – featuring Fleet Foxes, Greensky Bluegrass and Three Sacred Souls – will run solely on zero-emission mobile batteries manufactured by local company Moxion, which partially powered the 2023 edition.

Switching from diesel generators to Moxion batteries is reported to avoid approximately 4.5 tons of greenhouse gas emissions during the San Francisco event.

Founded in 2022, the Mill Valley Music Festival is organized by Noise Pop Industries and the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce, which called the move a “key step forward.”

“Our city has identified reducing greenhouse gas emissions as a top reduction strategy, along with renewable energy, energy efficiency, electric vehicle infrastructure, green building and waste reduction,” says Jim Welte, executive director of the Mill Valley Chamber.

“We hope this will inspire everyone to adopt more environmentally friendly practices.”

“We are thrilled to be the exclusive power source for MVMF this year,” says Paul Huelskamp, ​​CEO and co-founder of Moxion, which also powers events including the California BottleRock music festival and the TOUR PGA Championship.

“Moxion was born right here in Mill Valley, so it’s amazing that the festival has become a leader in sustainability. We hope this will inspire everyone to adopt more environmentally friendly practices.”

The Mill Valley Music Festival follows in the footsteps of Barcelona’s Cruïlla festival, which last year was powered solely by grid electricity.

Similarly, the main stage of Ireland’s Electric Picnic 2024 will be powered by the grid, while the British band Massive Attack announced an outdoor show powered by batteries and solar energy.

AGF (A Greener Future) recently boasted “significant areas of improvement” in festival sustainability after conducting a survey of over 40 European events. The sustainability nonprofit has released its Festival Sustainability Report, which includes analysis of data on mobility, food and beverage, water and sanitation, energy and fuel use, waste and recycling, and greenhouse gas emissions from events across the continent.

Last month, a number of industry figures shared their sustainability priorities in the live music industry in honor of Earth Day 2024.

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