Pasha Stevedoring and Terminals and the Port of Los Angeles are building one of the nation’s largest solar-powered microgrid projects in an effort to eliminate emissions from port operations. The $26.6 million project, the Green Omni Terminal Demonstration Project, will include a 1 megawatt solar array and a 2.5 megawatt hour battery storage system.
The microgrid will allow the port to operate even if the local grid goes down. It also will serve as a real-time demonstration of zero and near-zero emission technologies at a working marine terminal, according to the LA Port and it will be the world’s first purely renewably powered port terminal.
The project is supported by a $14.5 million grant from the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The grant is aimed at reducing greenhouse gases and other pollutants. Pasha will pay the $11.4 million balance.
“This is a Wright Brothers moment,” said Jeffrey Burgin, Senior Vice President of Pasha. “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.”
As part of the project Pasha will convert its fleet of vehicles to run on electricity and purchase new EVs cargo-handling equipment, including fork lifts. It also will capture emissions from ships that can’t plug into shore power at the port by demonstrating the ShoreCat, a METS-1 (Marine Exhaust Treatment System).
“It is exciting to see a project with so many emerging zero or near-zero emission solutions for handling and moving freight,” said CARB Chair Mary Nichols. “These innovative clean technologies will help clean the air in port-adjacent and disadvantaged communities, and are at the heart of California’s comprehensive effort to meet regional air quality and statewide climate goals.”
It’s the first of its kind grant from CARB for a multi-source facility demonstration project. The board is offering a total of $24 million in matched grant funding to support such projects and the Green Omni Terminal Demonstration Project captured more than 60 percent of the total available funding.
“The Green Omni Terminal Demonstration Project is a great example of moving forward to achieve greater emission reductions from port-related sources and improving air quality for those who live in the neighborhoods next to the port,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka.
Construction will start on the microgrid in June and the project is slated for completion by the end of 2016.Tweet