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Solar Summer Concerts in Austin Parks

In the Austin Business Journal, we learn of how a summer concert series in the city’s downtown Republic Square Park have gone solar.

The Solar Powered Concert Series is a new, free music series created by Greg Henry, of Pro Show Live, and event production veteran Marsha Milam that places solar power on display. This is the first solar powered concert series for Milam, who felt that Austin would be the ideal place to test such shows…..To achieve the goal of clean power, the downtown park is outfitted with solar powered sound systems and lighting systems with LED lights.

Milam declined to disclose how much has been invested in the carbon-neutral concert series, saying only that costs are about 25 percent more than a typical concert series.

“Our goal for this was to prove that we can do it,” Milam said, conceding that she didn’t start marketing the series until the second show to make sure that the equipment functioned properly.

“What I’ve noticed is that the energy is so clean, and it makes a difference. There’s no stage hum,” she said. “That’s great for the audience and for the artists.”

3 Responses

  1. This is pretty exciting. It’s great when cities find creative ways to entertain their residents with little or no admission costs.

  2. Interesting concept. I approve 🙂

  3. […] States the Center for City Park Excellence points to two solar-powered fountains in Kansas City, solar-powered concerts in Austin and solar-powered lights in Santa Fe. In Atlanta, Harnik notes, that officials with the […]

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