The World Cruise Ship Termal at the Port of Los Angeles has installed a rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system that’s expected to produce 1.2 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energyeach year. Roughly equivalent to the annual usage of 110 typicalAmerican homes, the system’s output will be fed into the electric gridof the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP).
The system is comprised of 5,140 solar panels — also called solarmodules — and covers 71,500 square feet. It’s part of LA’s larger,nearly $11-million plan to install 10 MW of solar energy generatingcapacity across 1.16 million square feet of rooftop space throughout the city. Another three projects are in the pipeline over the next fiveyears, and LA Mayor Antonia Villaraigosa says the program is essentialto the future well-being of the City of Angels:
“Clean energy is essential if we are to meet the futuregrowth and development needs of Los Angeles. This solar project andothers being initiated within our city will not only reduce our carbonfootprint, but also add meaningful new jobs to our green sectorworkforce.”
The World Cruise Ship Terminal itself, which was home to the original “Love Boat” in the 1970s is going through a $42 million upgrade thatincludes installing cushioned bumpers around the wharf, new walkwaysbetween the terminal and the ships and making lighting and audio-videoimprovements. It will also be a significant part of that clean energyfuture the Mayor envisons. Cupertino Electric — the solar installationcompany responsible for the project — said the terminal’s system wouldsave offset over 23 metric tons of carbon dioxide.
Believe it or not, this isn’t the first cruise ship-solar project combo we’ve seen. Nearly a year ago, Royal Caribbean installed solar power on one of its ships.