The Port of Long Beach has received a US$5m grant from the California Energy Commission to help build its US$7.1m “microgrid” to ensure a stable supply of energy.
The grant will help the port to install a solar carport, power storage systems and advanced controls at its security headquarters, the Joint Command and Control centre.
The goal of the California Energy Commission’s grant is to accelerate development of microgrids, which it sees as an important tool for improving effectiveness of renewable energy.
The Port of Long Beach executive director Mario Cordero said: “Our terminals are increasingly using electric equipment to move cargo and we will need to build more energy resiliency into these operations. This project will help us learn more about how to keep the power, and cargo, flowing.”
The port will compile and analyse 12 months of performance data and make it available to other California seaports.
Schneider Electric, which specialises in energy management projects, is to design, construct and commission the Joint Command and Control centre microgrid.
Alongside the solar carport at the security centre, the microgrid will include a stationary storage system and a mobile storage system that can be dispatched around the port in lieu of diesel generators in case of outages.
Long Beach Board of Harbour Commissioners President Tracy Egoscue said: “Ensuring a stable supply of energy is crucial to the zero-emissions future the Harbour Commission envisions for the Port of Long Beach.”