Live music produces 405,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year, according to recent studies. This greenhouse gas emissions estimate is equivalent to the emissions produced by around 88,043 cars being driven after one year. 

But there is a (solar-powered) light at the end of the tunnel. 

Academy Award-winning musician Billie Eilish is joining forces with environmental non-profit REVERB and Lollapalooza in bringing solar-powered battery systems to Billie Eilish’s highly anticipated headlining set at Lollapalooza on August 3rd.

Billie Eilish | Photography by Jack Bridgland

This industry-changing effort is part of the Music Decarbonization Project that Eilish helped launch and fund. This project is a part of REVERB’s campaign to advance innovative climate solutions to directly eliminate carbon emissions created by the music industry. 

“We hope and believe this will be a watershed moment for the music industry,” said Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of REVERB, Adam Gardner. “There are real climate solutions available right here, right now. By showcasing this technology with one of the biggest artists in the world, on one of the most revered festival stages, we’re accelerating the necessary transition toward a decarbonized future, for music and beyond.”

Billie Eilish’s performance will be partially powered by a temporary onsite “solar farm,”  charging the zero-emissions battery systems, provided and managed by Overdrive Energy Solutions. This clean energy display at Lollapalooza aims to demonstrate the viability of clean energy technology in supplying power to large stages, paving the way for a future that relies less on highly polluting diesel generators rapidly reducing the carbon emissions of live music.

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