With $5 million from the California Energy Commission, the Port will establish a solar carport, power storage systems and advanced controls at its security headquarters, the Joint Command and Control Center.

Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero, stated:

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 also compile and analyze 12 months of performance data, and spread this information to other California seaports. California Energy Commission’s grant aims to accelerate development of microgrids, which are thought to be important tools for improving effectiveness of renewable energy. Thus, microgrids can improve participation in utilities’ demand response programs, where users agree to limit energy use during peak periods, the Port of Long Beach said.

In addition, the project includes a workforce development component that will provide training through Long Beach City College and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.