Port of San Diego’s Going Solar Microgrid

According to the Port of San Diego it announced last Tuesday it secured more than $5 million in grant funding. Funding for installing a solar-powered microgrid at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal. Boom boom so cool so cool so cool!!

According to the Port:

Solar photovoltaic panels will power the microgrid. This will also include battery energy storage, efficiency improvements, electrical infrastructure improvements, and a centralized microgrid controller. Ah the controller is so essential. Programming, computer programming, computer programming. We need those green jobs!!

The microgrid will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal. More importantly, it will save the Port an estimated $168,000, or 60 percent on energy. That’s per year over “current” utility rates. Hence and thereby enable operating critical terminal infrastructure for about 12 hours without being connected to the larger electrical grid.

“This is an all-around great project for the community, for the businesses that run on the terminal and for the port,” Board of Port Commissioners Chairman Rafael Castellanos said. “It means cleaner air for our neighbors, will give a reliable, safe and resilient power source for terminal and port operations, and provides significant cost savings.”

Most importantly, this microgrid expecting to cost $9.6 million. Finally, it installing spring 2020.

Furthermore, the California Energy Commission will give $4,985,272 in grant funding for the project. As well, that matching with $4,427,973 from the Port. Also, expect another $201,963 from UC San Diego.

In conclusion, the microgrid fits into a modernization plan intended to make the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal more efficient and clean.

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