Route 447: America’s Solar Highway

Over the last couple years, Black Rock Solar has been busy sprinkling solar power arrays throughout northern Nevada.  In fact, they’ve been so busy, that Route 447 (from I-80 to Gerlach) now boasts the most (120kW) gifted solar power than any other route in the country.  It has thus been (unofficially) dubbed “America’s Solar Highway”.

And what’s particularly cool is that you can see them from the road.  So if you’re driving 447 on your way to the Burn, keep an eye out for these solar arrays (in order):

Wadsworth School solar array, on the right, just after you turn onto 447.
Solar array at the Natchez School in Wadsworth, on your right just after you turn onto 447.
Nixon Health Center solar array, on your left just as you enter the town of Nixon
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Medical Clinic solar array, on your left just as you enter the town of Nixon.
Solar array at the Gerlach School, on your left as you pass through Gerlach.
Solar array at the Gerlach School, on your left as you pass through Gerlach.

Black Rock Solar is paving the way to socially-conscious radical self-reliance (from fossil fuels) in the real world.  Watch for these solar arrays along your way to Burning Man, and enjoy a nice smile of satisfaction when you spot ‘em.

About the author: Will Chase

Will Chase first attended Burning Man 2001. He volunteered as the Operations Manager for the ARTery (Black Rock City’s art headquarters) and was on the Burning Man Art Council from 2003-2008. He was Web Team Project Manager and Webmaster from 2004-2009, then transitioned to the Communications Department in 2009 to become Minister of Propaganda, working on global communications strategy. He's the editor-in-chief for the Jackrabbit Speaks newsletter and the Voices of Burning Man blog, and content manager for Burning Man’s websites. He also manages the ePlaya BBS and Burning Man’s social networking efforts.

2 thoughts on “Route 447: America’s Solar Highway

  • Fantastic work BRS. I am a CM for the worlds largest solar design builder(Sunpower) and will not be able to make it this year due to a 1 mega watt project for a peach packing plant near Fresno. I would love to hear more about future projects.

    The sun rises every day.

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