Bonnaroo 2013 is just five short months away, and organizers have announced the nation's first-ever installation of a permanent solar array for a music festival. The system will generate more than 61,000 kilowatt hours per year and has already been activated in preparation for the event.

The best part? The construction of this innovative solar array – backed by Encore Redevelopment and Sustainable Future, LLC – was made possible by music fans. The effort was funded by contributions made by a large number of patrons who opted to donate extra money toward the environmentally friendly mission while purchasing tickets for this year’s festival.

"None of this could have been possible without the immense support of the generous and forward-thinking Bonnaroo community,” stated festival partner Rich Goodstone in a recent statement. “Their contributions have brought this project to fruition." He went on to say, “We work very hard every year to not only create new initiatives that lessen our impact, but also to educate and encourage our fans to take these ideas home with them ... It's gratifying to add the solar array, and we remain committed to joining forces with our community to expand these kinds of projects each year."

The festival is set to take place in Manchester, Tenn., from June 13-16. Click here for more details.