Darwen Live goes green
This year is the 10th anniversary of Darwen Live, a two day music festival running over the bank holiday weekend... Not only will it showcase a whole range of talented local musicians, this year it will boast Europe's only fully solar powered stage.
The 24ft stage will be used to showcase Lancashire's youth bands at the event that runs from Sunday 24th May to Monday 25th May 2009.
Blackburn-born Tony Fleming is the brains behind the eco stage, which has solar charged batteries ready to back up its power if the sun isn't shining.
Tony, who now lives in Cornwall with his wife Tracey and their family has been living a green lifestyle for over a decade, running a household on and promoting renewable energy.
"We got into renewable energy at Glastonbury in 1994 after we bought our first panels second hand from the festival," said Tony. "We've never looked back."
He now has a solar powered home, office and workshop and sells his surplus to the national grid.
"We've brought two kids up using renewable energy and started using it before it was main stream.
"We got into it by necessity after we bought a piece of land in Cornwall and began living a green lifestyle."
Tony came up with the idea for a solar powered stage after attending festivals and seeing that stages are normally powered by noisy generators. The stage is towed by a truck, which runs on vegetable oil and hydrogen gas and is fitted with nine solar panels.
They generate enough electricity to run a PA system and lighting rig plus all the energy he needs for his living accommodation inside the truck. Just under two kilowatts can be produced in peak sunlight.
"For the Darwen Live event they’ve got three stages so in theory we’re cutting their carbon emissions by a third," added Tony.
You can find out more about the bands appearing at Darwen Live 2009 by visiting the website...
and you can learn more about Tony's company on his website...
last updated: 19/05/2009 at 14:32
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