Solar panels to light up Greenpeace's Virtual Reality Dome at Glastonbury


Often considered a place for free thinking, Glastonbury will be drawing from solar energy this year to light up Greenpeace’s field on the site. The future has very much arrived at the famous festival, as the PV system will enable festival goers to watch a trip to the Great Barrier Reef in virtual reality.

U.K. solar company Solarcentury has donated the 30 panels to Greenpeace, which will generate 7.5 KWp of electricity; enough to power the organization’s exciting Virtual Reality Dome throughout the entire festival, no matter the weather. Within the dome, visitors will be able to submerge themselves in the Pacific Ocean, and watch David Attenborough’s visit to the Great Barrier Reef.

“This year’s theme for the Greenpeace Field at Glastonbury is Ending the oil age – Greening our cities,” said special event organizer for Greenpeace, Bob Wilson. “We are aiming to show what the future is like beyond the age of oil and how we can preserve life as we know it by switching to low carbon technologies and by re-greening our cities. In keeping with this, we wanted to power the Greenpeace field with solar PV.”

With the weather forecasted to be bright and sunny throughout the long weekend, festival goers will be able to see the systems shining in the sunlight in the Leftfield area of the extravaganza.

“We are very excited to see panels donated by Solarcentury powering the Greenpeace Field this year,” commented Susannah Wood, CMO at Solarcentury. “We hope the panels will be a visible demonstration of the power of solar energy and will encourage people to think about how clean solar electricity could power their lives, their homes and their workplaces.”