Solar power coming to Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The future is coming to one of the best known projects completed by a visionary architect from the past.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West will soon be powered by the sun.

First Solar is building a solar power system at the Taliesin West campus. It marks the beginning of "Energizing Taliesin West™" -- an initiative aimed at integrating sustainable energy at the site.

The project is being run in conjunction with energy efficiency consultant Big Green Zero.

"Energizing Taliesin West™" is a groundbreaking effort to transform the entire National Historic Landmark Taliesin West site into a “net zero” energy customer, producing as much energy as it consumes annually, while maintaining the historic and architectural integrity of the site. The comprehensive endeavor will focus on the twin goals of maximizing Taliesin West’s energy efficiency (through improved lighting, insulation, climate controls and other techniques) while also generating clean renewable energy on-site.

Wright began building this desert masterpiece in 1937 as his personal winter home, studio, and architectural campus. Located on the beautiful Sonoran desert in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains in northeast Scottsdale, the site offers a broad range of guided public tours. Visitors experience firsthand Wright’s brilliant ability to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces.

Taliesin West was also Wright's school in the desert from 1937 until his death in 1959 at the age of 91. Today it is the main campus of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.