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Solar Powered Ari Quality Monitoring StationIn an effort to "practice what we preach," Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks power the Lookout Point air quality monitoring station, residence and entrance station with electricity produced entirely from alternative energy sources. For many years, a noisy propane generator was the only source of electricity at Lookout Point. Things began to change in 1983 with the installation of the site's air quality monitoring station. This station operated reliably on solar power and demonstrated that solar power was a viable option for the site. In 1991, Lookout Point converted completely to solar power. Today, an expanded solar power system and supplementary wind turbine provide more electricity than the old generator with virtually no noise or noxious emissions. Quiet solitude has once again returned to the old ranger station.

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  Ozone and Giant Sequoias

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