The Port of Long Beach, the second-busiest seaport in the United States, has completed the installation of 3,290 Mitsubishi Electric photovoltaic (PV) solar modules to generate approximately 1,547MWh of energy and prevent 1,127 tons of carbon dioxide from polluting the environment every year.
As part of the Middle Harbour Terminal Redevelopment Project, an ongoing $1.31bn project to upgrade two old container terminals at the port, the PV system will contribute to cutting Long Beach Container Terminal’s air pollution by 50%. The project will also double the container handling capacity of the two terminals from its current 1.3 million TEUs per year.
Image shows left to right: Allan Schurr, president of Edison Energy; Doug Drummond, commissioner of the Port of Long Beach; Anthony Otto, president of Long Beach Container Terminal; Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia; Gina Heng, vice president and general manager of Mitsubishi Electric Photovoltaic Division; and James Hankla, senior vice president of governmental relations at PFMG Solar, watch the ceremonial flip of the switch to power on the new 904.75kW solar array at Long Beach Container Terminal.
Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT), a subsidiary of Orient Overseas Container Line, operates the terminal and has purchased the electricity generated by the system through a 25-year power purchase agreement with SoCore Energy/Edison Energy.