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Solar Energy In Yosemite

Yosemite, CA — $4.4 million in federal stimulus funding will be used to construct a solar energy project at El Portal in Yosemite.

The project will accommodate a 539 kilowatt photovoltaic generation system, which will be the largest of its kind in the National Park System.

Park Ranger Scott Gediman says the project will double the electricity produced from renewable sources for the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service, which consists of 58 sites. The solar panels will be installed on roofs of existing buildings and on newly constructed shade structures.

"Yosemite National Park is projecting a savings of over $100,000 per year on our electricity costs," says Gediman.

The construction is slated to begin next month.

Written by bjhansen@mlode.com.