Entry Title: "
Surya Aranya - Forest of the Sun"
Category: Professional, Public Products
Designer(s): Satish Gokhale, Rashneh Pardiwala, Radha Sule, Sachin Rele, Kitayun Rustom
Surya Aranya, meaning Forest of the Sun in Sanskrit, is a
revolutionary outdoor solar-powered lighting installation created to
spread the message of investing in renewable sources
of energy to save Indias rapidly diminishing ecosystems and Tata
Capitals commitment to be pro-planet. There is a cluster of six trees
in this installation and their heights range from 12 feet to 18 feet.
These are located on the main south lawn of the i-Think Techno
Campus at Thane city which is near Mumbai. There are a total of 14
solar panels embedded within the leaves of the trees which produce
750 watts of energy that self-illuminates the installation and powers
the 28 surrounding garden lights from dusk to dawn. The entire
system is fully automated through light sensors and is also
synchronized with the main grid through a master control panel to
accommodate any fluctuations in solar power during the monsoon
season. The trees are built of all-weather proof fibre-glass with
leaves in different hues of green, orange and red representing the
changing seasons reflected in the Indian Almond tree ( Terminalia
catappa ). Each tree trunk bears two icons of plants and animals,
covering all 12 phyla in nature, that depict species that are highly
endangered or threatened in India due to habitat destruction caused
by conventional energy.
You can say that Surya Aranya or the Forest of the Sun is a
renewable energy nano power plant, a sculpture, an outdoor light
solution, a symbol of nature and a communicator for conservation.