Project Focus: Port of Los Angeles boasts new 1MW
rooftop solar PV installation
Dec 14, 2010 - Syanne Olson - PV-tech.org
The Port of Los Angeles’ World Cruise Center
has been making several improvements to modernize
the facility, including one the installation of a
1MW rooftop solar system. The recently completed
installation is expected to send 1.2 million kWh
of electricity per year to the Los Angeles Department
of Water and Power energy grid.
The 71,500-square foot project is the first phase
of a multilocation PV power program, which will ultimately
create 10MW of solar system generation capacity.
Constructed using 5,140 210W high-efficiency crystalline-silicon
solar modules, the project is just one of three additional
project phases which will come to fruition over the
next five years.
“Solar power is one of many technologies being
used at the Port of Los Angeles to promote environmentally
responsible operations and development,” said
the port's executive director, Geraldine Knatz. “We
are thrilled to now be harnessing the power of the
plentiful Southern California sun to reduce carbon
emissions, improve air quality and increase economic
opportunities for Los Angeles businesses and residents.”
Cupertino Electric’s Energy Alternatives Division
installed the roof-mounted system using non-penetrating
self-ballasted racking. Construction of Berths 93A
and B at the port were completed in June 2010.