The array has been installed by Suntek, which designed the system that contains 2,800 solar PV panels. The system consists of a 500 kilowatt (kW) solar canopy over a parking lot, a 100 kW rooftop array on a warehouse and a 72 kW wall mounted array, all located within the park's maintenance and administrative complex.
In all, the installation cost $4.5 million and is expected to save the park $50,000 a year on energy costs. Over the next five years Yosemite will receive $700,000 in energy rebates to offset the cost of installation.
By putting the solar panels in the park's parking lots and other maintenance facilities, it seems like Yosemite officials have struck a good balance. There aren’t solar arrays on the pristine half dome or the other amazing landscapes in the park, but in some of the less pristine spots, the harvesting of green energy is taking off. Seems like a plan that makes sense.
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