Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Taliesin West Solar Panels May Offset Energy Costs

Frank Lloyd Wright’s historic Taliesin West is employing solar technology to become a modern marvel that produces as much energy as it uses.

This month, Wright’s Scottsdale winter home and architectural training ground was equipped with 4,000 solar panels through a partnership with Valley companies Big Green Zero and First Solar. Ongoing energy-conservation improvements to the 500-acre campus will slash the $200,000 annual energy bill in half. The solar panels should generate the rest of the electricity for the year, making Taliesin West what’s known as a net-zero-energy property.

“I think the idea of having a world-famous historic landmark also being a beacon for energy sustainability is a powerful thing,” said Sean Malone, the new chief executive officer of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, which oversees Taliesin West.

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