The grid will include battery storage that will allow solar power to be used during nighttime hours.
Improvements are intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enable the use of backup power during emergencies and save the port an estimated $168,000 per year — 60 percent of current utility rates at the terminal.
“This is an all-around great project for the community, for the businesses that operate on the terminal and for the port,” Board of Port Commissioners Chairman Rafael Castellanos said. “It means cleaner air for our neighbors, will provide a reliable, safe and resilient power source for terminal and port operations, and provides significant cost savings.”
The microgrid, expected to cost $9.6 million, will be installed spring 2020.
The microgrid fits into a modernization plan intended to make the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal more efficient and clean.
One of the port’s two marine cargo terminals, the facility specializes in break-bulk cargo, such as military equipment and vehicles; refrigerated cargo; as well as dry bulk cargo, which includes construction supplies like cement.
— City News Service