SAN PEDRO, CA-The Port of Los Angeles has completed a71,500-square-foot, one-megawatt power plant on the roof of theWorld Cruise Center here that is the first of a multiple-locationsystem designed to produce 10 megawatts. The new solar plant iscapable of generating approximately 1.2 million kilowatt hours ofelectricity annually to the Los Angeles Department of Water andPower.

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The solar photovoltaic installation, which is expected to resultin an annual $200,000 energy cost savings, is the first phase of amulti-location, $10.8-million solar power program that will includea total of 1.16 million square feet of rooftop solar panels, largerthan the size of a football field. Three additional project phasesare slated for completion over the next five years.

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Over the solar system's lifetime, it will reduce roughly 22,800metric tons of carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere, theequivalent of cutting the annual greenhouse gases of 4,367 cars,according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The system iscomposed of 5,140, 210-watt solar modules. It was installed by theEnergy Alternatives Division of San Jose-based Cupertino ElectricInc.

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The roof-mounted system, which collects and converts solarradiation to electrical energy, features high-efficiencycrystalline modules and utilizes a self-ballasted racking systemthat does not penetrate the terminal’s existing roof. Electricitygenerated is then routed back to the Los Angeles Department ofWater and Power through an existing electric meter at the WorldCruise Center facility.

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The solar panel project is part of a $42 million upgrade at theWorld Cruise Center, an inner-harbor facility just south of theVincent Thomas Bridge that was the home of the original “Love Boat”in the 1970s. The solar power is one of a number of measures thatthe port is implementing to provide clean-energy solutions.Additionally, Alternative Maritime Power, currently used at somecontainer ship terminals, will soon be available so that cruiseships can “plug in” to shoreside electrical power instead ofrunning on diesel power while at berth. Depending on the size ofthe ship, estimates are that AMP will reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx)emissions by one ton (2,000 pounds) and reduce 85% of sulfur oxide(SOx) emissions out of the air each day a ship is at berth andplugged in.

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