This Wavy Solar Mountain by Nuru Karim Provides 300 MWH Of Renewable Energy Per Year at Burning Man | Nevada

This Wavy Solar Mountain by Nuru Karim Provides 300 MWH Of Renewable Energy Per Year at Burning Man | Nevada

This colossal architectural art is a permanent installation on Burning Man’s 3,800-acre Fly Ranch in Nevada that would produce 300 MWh of electricity annually. Designed by NUDES-a Mumbai-based architecture firm, the modern solar farm structure is constructed from timber and covered in solar photovoltaic cells. The design has been one of the ten shortlisted projects for LAGI 2020 Fly Ranch. Designed using net-zero principles, the project’s aim to address more significant issues such as global warming and climate change by producing more clean energy than it will consume. Scroll down this post of SURFACES REPORTER (SR) to know more about this environmental project that is an intersection of clean energy production and innovative architecture.


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Burning Man, a well-known community focused on art and self-expression, proposed Solar Mountain is designed on the Fly Ranch in the Nevada Desert, a permanent, off-the-grid space.

Solar-Mountain-by-Nuru-Karim-surfaces-reporterThe Burning Man tam associated with Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) for a multi-disciplinary design challenge – LAGI 2020 Fly Ranch and now the shortlisted projects, including the Solar Mountain, will move to another stage of prototyping.


Design Features

The natural landscape of the Fly ranch inspired the architect to design a dynamic curving structure in which a range of solar panels fan out from the central spine.

Solar-Mountain-by-Nuru-Karim-surfaces-reporterFly Ranch is home to hundreds of acres of wetlands, several cold and hot springs, three geysers, and a large number of plant and animal species. The design creates a half-covered walkway for people that is enhanced by wonderful light patterns cast by panels strips above.

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Modular, Pre-Fabricated Solar Farm

The structure is planned with eco-friendly materials and modular design elements of recycled plywood.  The Solar Mountain will consist of four units, each unit measures 30 m in length and has a width between 5m-30m, with a maximum height of 15m.

Solar-Mountain-by-Nuru-Karim-surfaces-reporterAlso, each unit will have 182 solar panels of 300-watt capacity that will produce around 1.2 kilo watt-hour of energy every day. The architecture firm analyses that each unit has the potential to generate an estimated 318,645 kWh every year. This will allow the structure to power the site’s overall energy requirements and other activities in the festival.

Project Details

Project Name: Solar Mountain
Location: Fly Ranch in Nevada
Architecture Firm: Nuru Karim
Client: Burning Man

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