The Port of Los Angeles’ World Cruise Center has been making several improvements to modernize their facility including one the installation of a 1MW rooftop solar system. The recently completed installation is expected to generate 1.2 million kWh of electricity per year to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power energy grid.

The 71,500 square foot project is the first phase of a multi-location solar power program, which will ultimately create 10MW of solar system generation capacity. Constructed using 5,140, 210W solar modules, the project is just one of three additional project phases which will come to fruition over the next five years.

“Solar power is one of many technologies being used at the Port of Los Angeles to promote environmentally responsible operations and development,” said Port Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D. “We are thrilled to now be harnessing the power of the plentiful Southern California sun to reduce carbon emissions, improve air quality and increase economic opportunities for Los Angeles businesses and residents.”

Cupertino Electric’s Energy Alternatives Division installed the roof-mounted solar system using high-efficiency crystalline solar modules and a self-ballasted racking system. Construction of Berths 93A and B at the Port were completed in June of 2010.