04 Aug '11, 12pm

Yosemite Installs $4.5m Solar Array

KCRA TV reports on the unveiling of the solar power array at Yosemite National Park last week (embedding is sadly disabled on this video), reporting that the system cost $4.5m and will supply the entire park with as much as 12% of its overall energy needs. Meanwhile the press release from Yosemite has a little more information about this National Park solar power project : The 672 kilowatt (KW) system consists of 2,800 solar panels and produces approximately 800,000 kilowatt hours (KWh) per year. The park estimates saving approximately $50,000 per year on electricity purchased off the grid and is expecting to receive a $700,000 energy rebate from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) over the next five years. This represents an approximate 12 percent reduction in electricity purchased off the grid. Given that a 2MW solar array is already located at the Fresno Yosemite Internat...

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