The Port of Los Angeles is building the world’s first marine terminal able to generate all of its energy needs from renewable energy. Once the project is completed, the port will run entirely off-grid during power outages. A 1.03-megawatt solar micro-grid and a battery back up of 2.6 megawatts per hour will be installed to maintain power at all times.

The port will also be adding zero-emission cargo handling equipment like electric yard tractors, high-tonnage forklifts, drayage trucks, a top handler and wharf cranes. It will also be the first to pilot the ShoreCat, the next generation of the Marine Exhaust Treatment System that captures at-berth vessel emissions without plugging into the shore power.

Renewable Energy Will Cut Back Greenhouse Gases

The renewable energy project is estimated to cost $26.6 million and will cut down more than 3,200 tons per year of greenhouse gases. It is also estimated to cut down on diesel particulate matter by 28 tons each year. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have already reduced diesel particulate matter emissions by 80 percent in the last decade.

The project will, figuratively speaking, take 14,100 cars off the road per day in the South Coast Air Basin. This is Los Angeles largest primary source of pollution. The port is setting a good example for all industrial facilities by running completely off-grid with renewable energy.

The biggest obstacle they have faced has been convincing the local and state officials to convert to low-emission alternatives. Their goal is to increase the zero-emission goods-movement trips by 15 percent by 2025.

Benefits of Going Off-Grid

During a natural disaster, the off-grid port could still supply energy and basic goods to Southern California or serve as a military base. The Port of Los Angeles has undergone this transformation because it can easily bring in emergency supplies and equipment.

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