PermaCity begins construction on 2.2-MW solar array at Port of Los Angeles

PermaCity installs a 2.2 MW solar panel atop an ocean research facility on the wharf in the Port of Los Angeles. Once completed, the project is likely to be the second largest solar facility in a US port. PermaCity, a division of catalyze, uses its patented SolarStrap roof mounting technology on the project for AltaSea in the Port of Los Angeles.

Early view of the campus

“This is an important step forward in AltaSea’s environmental commitment, and also indicates that the renovation of AltaSea is underway,” said AltaSea CEO Tim McOsker. “With this R&D facility that is net positive with renewable, green energy generated directly on our rooftops, we are living out our mission to create a more sustainable future through the acceleration and growth of the blue economy.”

One of the applications that will be powered by the four-acre AltaSea solar panel includes the planned 10,000-square-foot interactive research center of renowned oceanographer and explorer Dr. Robert Ballard. Besides, Ballard, who just released his book Into the Deep: A Memoir From the Man Who Found Titanic, also docks its reconnaissance vessel nautilus at Alta Sea. Ballard is best known for his historic discoveries of hydrothermal vents, the sunken RMS Titanic, the German battleship Bismarck, and many other shipwrecks around the world.

Located on 35 acres in the Port of Los Angeles, AltaSea’s campus is poised to become the hub of an emerging blue economy, which will create more than 126,000 direct jobs in LA County alone, according to the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation. AltaSea’s main tenants are: the Southern California Marine Institute (comprising 23 universities and institutes), Braid Theory, Blue Robotics, Holdfast Aquaculture, Montauk Technologies, La Kretz Blue Economy Incubator, and Boeing’s Echo Voyager.

The facility will generate approximately $495,000 in energy value per year and will export its energy to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power under the Feed-in Tariff (FiT). The FiT provides valuable power in the basin that is needed for the electrification of Los Angeles to combat climate change. The solar project has significant funding from True Green Energy LLC, which, along with PermaCity, has funded and built most of the port’s solar projects. Like the other installations, it will be built with a skilled workforce and solar training provided by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 18. As part of the program, PermaCity and IBEW will offer veterans and underprivileged workers careers in solar energy. and electricity, but also growth opportunities.

News item form AltaSea

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