Hybrid Solar Power Shambala Festival

Shambala Festival

Audience: 10,500
Inc. Artists & Crew: 15,000
Power Infrastructure 100% Renewable Power
Hybrid System Saving: 40% fuel saving vs stand-alone generators
Fuel Bill Saving: £6,346
Fuel Reduction vs. 2013: 10% – despite larger show than 2013
Biodiesel Fuel Usage Saving: 6,410 Litres
CO2 Saving: 15 Tonnes of CO2
CO2 Reduction vs. 2013: 40%

Shambala takes place across four days on the August Bank Holiday Weekend at a stunning secret location in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside. With over 200 diverse musical acts across 12 live stages, world-class cabaret, an amazing array of workshops, stand-up comedy, inspirational talks and debates, jaw dropping circus and acrobatics, interactive theatre and nationally acclaimed poetry all housed in beautifully decorated venues.

Pioneering, intimate and truly innovative, Shambala Festival has perfectly blended creativity and participation for well over a decade. Shambala is a special place where you play, revitalise, make lots of new friends and return to the world fuelled-up on the beauty of being alive. As well as being known as a “legendary party”, it is also a haven for cutting edge theatrics and performance, a think-tank of ideas and an award winning green event.

Firefly were awarded the challenge of designing and installing the entire power infrastructure for Shambala 2014. The festival, owned and managed by Kambe Events, is committed to reducing energy consumption whenever possible as part of their aim to reduce their carbon footprint.

In 2013, Shambala was powered by 93% WVO biodiesel, 1% solar and 6% red diesel – 100% of which was consumed in tower lights. The aim for this year was to be 100% renewable, whilst being committed to reducing fuel usage year-on-year. This was achieved by deploying Firefly’s hybrid systems across the site.

Chris Johnson, Director of Shambala said “We’re keen at Shambala to expand on how we can improve our sustainability every year. Firefly came up with a range of new solutions, which meant we could reduce our carbon footprint, increase efficiency of our power systems, try new technologies and incorporate solar in a meaningful way to site wide power.”

“Where I think Hybrid technology is a real step forward is that during times of low power demand, the batteries of the Hybrid System can handle the supply. But when demand is increased and the battery is unable to supply, in real-time, the generator then kicks in for the power required. For Shambala festival, it means massively reduced fuel bills, thanks to Firefly.”

Application Requirements

  • Festoon lighting
  • Site lighting (internal gates, working areas and back stages)
  • 4 Main stages
  • 22 Smaller entertainment venues
  • 8 Bars
  • 20 Non food traders
  • 30 Food Traders
  • 35 Cabins / Offices
  • 10 Back stage dressing rooms and service tents
  • Crew Catering
  • 15 Arts Projects
  • 10 x Children’s activity areas
  • Woodland arts area
  • 3 x Fairground rides
  • 8 Campsite hubs and fire towers
  • 7 Off-Grid Compost toilets
  • 13 Shower blocks
  • Car Park Lighting


Firefly’s Hybrid System Solution

Biodiesel Generators

  • 20 Bio-diesel generators ranging from 20kVA to 165kVA synch sets.


Hybrid Power Generators
Firefly’s full range of Cygnus Hybrid Power Generators were deployed.

  • 6 x Cygnus One HPGs (1.4kVA)
  • 6 x Cygnus Two HPGs (8kVA)
  • 7 x Cygnus Two HPGs (5kVA)
  • 7 x Cygnus Three HPGs (24kVA)


Solar System
Firefly provided 35 x portable Solar Fold-Arrays to form a 18Kp system.

  • 30 x 540Wp Solar Fold-Arrays
  • 5 x 360Wp Solar Fold-Arrays


Portable Power Packs

  • 10 x 230V Pyxis Power Packs with Power Storage Extenders

Site Lighting

  • 12km of LED Festoon
  • 105 LED Floods
  • 12 x Cygnus One HPG Tower Lights

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