PowerLight to Install Solar Panels in Yosemite

October 07, 2001 by Jeff Shepard

Yosemite National Park (Yosemite, CA) has issued a contract to PowerLight Corp. (Berkeley, CA) to design and install solar roofing panels for the park's El Portal administrative site. The 350 photovoltaic panels will produce 47kW during peak hours, which is about 10 percent of the building's energy demand cost during that time.

The solar panels will decrease the park's consumption of grid-generated electricity, saving the park and taxpayers money, and support the President's initiative to reduce federal energy consumption by 10 percent.

The project supports both regional National Park Service renewable energy efforts and the Green Energy Parks Program, which is a partnership between the Department of Energy and the Department of the Interior.