photo: Port of Los Angeles
Though it can't claim the prize for the world's largest rooftop solar power array, the announcement by the Port of Los Angeles that it will be installed solar panels over 71,500 square feet of its World Cruise Center roof by the end of the year is decidedly impressive; what's even more impressive are the expansion plans in the works:Initially $9 million will be spent building the initial phase of the project, which will generate 1 megawatt of electricity. That's impressive, but the next phases are when the real power starts mounting: Within five years and additional 1.16 million square feet of solar panels are planned to be installed, generating 10 megawatts of power.
Of these massive rooftop solar power plans, Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz said,
As we continue to plug more ships into electric power and test electrical application of drayage trucks, hostlers and other cargo-handling assets, our air will be cleaner but our electricity consumption will grow. This initiative will help offset that power consumption, ultimately providing a power supply that is equivalent to the electricity consumption of roughly 10,000 homes.
The Port of Los Angeles is the largest seaport in the United States by volume and cargo value.
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