Port of LA Installs All-Solar Microgrid
The biggest container port in the United States will soon have the ability to generate all its electricity from renewable sources courtesy of a 1.03-MW solar microgrid, backed up by a 2.6-MW battery storage system supported by energy management technology.
Once the Port of Los Angeles completes development of the 40-acre Pasha Green Omni Terminal, it will be able to run completely off-grid during power outages, Resilience.org reports.
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“This is a Wright Brothers moment,” said Jeffrey Burgin, senior vice president of Pasha Stevedoring and Terminals L.P. “We’re going to be the proving ground to change the paradigm of how large industrial facilities can run on clean energy. We’re confident we can show this is absolutely attainable.”
The terminal “will be home to an entire fleet of new or retrofitted zero-emission cargo handling equipment, such as electrified yard tractors, high-tonnage forklifts, drayage trucks, a top handler, and wharf cranes,” writes EcoWatch correspondent Lorraine Chow. “The developers estimated that the entire $26.6-million project is expected to slash more than 3,200 tons per year of greenhouse gases and nearly 28 tons annually of diesel particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, and other harmful emissions from operations.”