10 April 2012

First Solar begins construction of PV system for Energizing Taliesin West initiative

In mid-March, First Solar Inc of Tempe, AZ, USA broke ground on construction of a 250kW (AC) photovoltaic (PV) system at The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s Taliesin West campus, involving the installtion of about 4000 of its cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin-film PV modules.

Picture: From left to right: First Solar’s VP of corporate communications Ted Meyer, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation CEO Sean Malone, and Big Green Zero CEO Bob Roth.

The groundbreaking marks the launch of Energizing Taliesin West (announced in February), which is an initiative integrating sustainable energy at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West (a National Historic Landmark) in Scottsdale, AZ, USA.

The project is being run in conjunction with energy-efficiency consultant Big Green Zero LLC, a team of sustainable energy engineers, project planners, and historic preservation enthusiasts that is developing and managing the Energizing Taliesin West project.

To mark the occasion, a ceremonial groundbreaking was held, attended by Ted Meyer, First Solar’s VP of corporate communications, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation CEO Sean Malone, and Big Green Zero CEO Bob Roth.

Energizing Taliesin West aims to transform the entire 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 initiative 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.

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First Solar to install PV array as part of the Energizing Taliesin West initiative

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