Mariposa & Yosemite

Yosemite to unveil $5.8 million solar panel system

Yosemite National Park officials will unveil the National Park Service's largest grid-connected photovoltaic solar panel system during a press event on Wednesday.

The $5.8 million system at the El Portal Administrative Complex consists of 2,800 solar panels and will produce an estimated 800,000 kilowatt hours per year. The energy generated by the grid is expected to reduce the amount of electricity purchased by Yosemite by nearly 12 percent.