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AD To Power Glastonbury

Glastonbury is making great strides in its ambition to become a truly eco-friendly festival. As well as announcing a ban on the sale of single-use plastic bottles at the 2019 event, organisers will also be using renewable energy to provide power.

In fact, The Festivals recently reported that the iconic Pyramid Stage will be powered by anaerobic digestion (AD) at this year’s event.

Worthy Farm has installed an AD plant that can generate 124-kilowatts of energy, with a generator driven by the methane gas created by the cow manure that’s fed into the digester.

This generator will power the Pyramid Stage, as well as some of the other backstage areas at the festival. And it doesn’t go to waste when Glastonbury isn’t taking centre stage. During the rest of the year the AD plant provides power for the festival’s offices on the farm, with any surplus fed back into the National Grid.

Michael Eavis, founder of Glastonbury, said: “This renewable energy source fits in with our ethos of supporting green initiatives as the anaerobic digestion plant captures and uses emissions of methane and other greenhouse gases, which would otherwise be released into the atmosphere.”

The news provider noted that this is just the latest in a string of green initiatives undertaken at the farm. It has already installed solar panels on the roof of the cattle shed, which generate enough energy to power 40 homes.

Wind and solar power are also used to power LED lights in the Green Fields area and the Croissant Neuf stage.

Last month, it was suggested that there should be more incentives for food manufacturers to invest in AD plants to help them make better use of their food waste.

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