A 40-acre cargo terminal at the Port of Los Angeles will begin transitioning to solar power and other low- or zero-emission energy sources starting this summer, harbor officials said Wednesday.
Pasha Stevedoring and Terminals, which moves both traditional containers and “break bulk” cargo such as steel and other unusually shaped items, will begin the final design and construction of a solar power microgrid in June.
Port officials said the “green omni terminal,” which will serve as a test case for zero-emissions and electric technologies at the port, is seen as an ideal site because it moves a variety of cargo types, including about 2 million tons of steel a year.
The $26.6 million project is expected to take two years. When completed, the terminal will be the first in the world to generate all of its own energy needs from renewable sources, and it will be able operate completely off the grid if necessary, port officials said.
Pasha came up with $11.4 million for the project to match a $14.5 million grant awarded earlier this year by the California Air Resource Board. The state grant will pay for nine electric vehicles and the solar grid, which includes a rooftop array, battery storage, charging equipment and an energy management system.
Source: Press Telegram