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  December 15th, 2016 | Written by

Solar Panels Installed at Port of Long Beach

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  • Long Beach Container Terminal purchases electricity generated by solar system.
  • Solar installlation was part of the LBCT Pier E redevelopment project.
  • New solar system makes at LBCT terminal E the first near-zero-emission container terminal.

The Port of Long Beach is doing its part to contribute to a sustainable environment with the installation of a 904.75kW Mitsubishi Electric photovoltaic (PV) system at the second-busiest seaport in the United States.

The system includes 3,290 Mitsubishi Electric solar modules and has the potential to generate 1,547MWh of energy per year. Annually, the system is expected to prevent 1,127 tons of carbon dioxide from polluting the environment.

The PV system, installed by Rosendin Electric and developed by PFMG Solar, is built on the roof of 12 carport structures at two sites at the Port of Long Beach terminal E. Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT), a subsidiary of Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), operates the terminal.

LBCT has purchased the electricity generated by the system through a 25-year power purchase agreement with SoCore Energy/Edison Energy. As part of the LBCT Pier E redevelopment project, the PV system will contribute to making LBCT one of the greenest, most technologically advanced container terminals in the world.

“This new solar system at LBCT terminal E helps us become the first near-zero-emission container terminal on the planet,” said Anthony Otto, president of Long Beach Container Terminal. “Because of our location, we need robust solar modules that can withstand corrosion from high salt content in the air. Mitsubishi Electric modules can withstand nearly any environment, even those with high levels of salt content.”

At a solar commissioning ceremony held at the LBCT to celebrate the installation, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said, “Long Beach Container Terminal is taking a leadership role toward a more sustainable city. I applaud the efforts of all parties involved in this installation, making LBCT a shining example of environmentally friendly port operations.”

Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.’s Photovoltaic Division designs, engineers and manufactures solar panels to deliver clean, reliable energy to its customers throughout the world. In addition to solar modules, Mitsubishi Electric US group companies’ principal businesses include semiconductor devices, automotive electrical components, elevators and escalators, factory automation products and services, heating and cooling products, electric utility products, and large-scale video displays for stadiums and arenas.

PFMG Solar, formerly known as PsomasFMG, delivers solar energy systems to schools and communities throughout Southern California.