SolarSoundSystem: Party people use pedal power and solar power to rave

SolarSoundSystem are making off-grid parties a renewable reality around the world with its mobile sound systems which use the sun and human muscle power to power their partays.

SolarSoundSystem have created mobile sound systems – including a DJ booth consisting of decks and a powerful sound system that can produce sound for a crowd of between 50 to 500 people – which run exclusively on renewable energy, using solar panels and people pedal power.

The idea is that ravers get on stationary bikes, equipped with generators, and pedal, which provides energy that powers the sound system. Solar panels also help power the DJ booth and sound system.

There are currently SolarSoundSystems operating in Switzerland, France, Spain and Germany. The systems, which can be hired for events, have been used for everything ranging from cocktail parties to festivals and educational events.

SolarSoundSystem includes a collective of artists, engineers, designers and DJs from all over the world, “all connected through the love of music (all styles) and working for a more sustainable world”.

The NGO, SolarSoundSystem, was founded in 1999 in Lausanne by designer Cédric Carles who intended to match environmental and artistic purposes.

SolarSoundSystem have been instrumental in organising fundraising events where they have collected funds for solidarity projects to promote culture in fuel poverty or devasted areas. SolarSoundSystem have developed and launched projects in Haiti, Brazil, Cameroun and India.

SolarSoundSystem founder Cédric Carles, who also developed the concept of Paleo Energetic, a collaborative research project to enquire about the forgotten innovation of the energy history, said: “We [SolarSoundSystem] are based on an international multidisciplinary collective. We all bring something different to create unique experiences and events. We always thought energy transition and culture were a multi-field purpose without frontiers.”

Berlin SolarSoundSystem is the latest to join the SolarSoundSystem family. It recently launched a crowdfunding project via, raising more than €7,000 for the Berlin-based project.

Berlin SolarSoundSystem said: “We want to offer to the Berlin public its own SolarSoundSystem, and to create by the way good fun for all music fans from 5 up to 99 years or over!

“The SolarSoundSystem events are dedicated to the public at large, including parents and their children. Being active in producing the energy for our SoundSystem allows us to easily explain more about energy producing and how to save energy.

“In the public space, we believe in the use of music as a social link to spread the message of a better use of renewable energy. We want to bring a concrete answer and a real demonstration: it is here, it is working, this is the future of parties and society! The system can also be used for educational purpose and to raise energy understanding in schools or other kinds of trainings.

“Supporting the SolarSoundSystem is also supporting an international network of artists and becoming, yourself, the coolest eco-friendly person around.”

Among the DJs who have headlined at SolarSoundSystem events is Ninja Tune boss and one-half of Coldcut, Matt Black. The pioneering DJ and musician, Matt Black, has long been an active voice on climate change, participating in the Energy Union project (a musical climate change tour of Europe with the aim of empowering young people to engage with energy policy), and making regular appearances for Greenpeace at Glastonbury.

SolarSoundSystem also run a web-based radio, running solely on solar energy.


Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer who specialises in sustainable life & style, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives:

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