Solar project set for Port of LA

Harbor commissioners Thursday approved a plan to operate a dozen photovoltaic systems on rooftops, parking lots and other sites at the Port of Los Angeles.

Each of the 12 photovoltaic system sites will operate for 20 years. The panels will generate 10 megawatts of energy, which is enough to power 2,500 homes or a sixth of the port’s energy demand.

The harbor department is entitled to 7 percent of the proceeds from sales of power to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and stands to receive up to $140,000 per year from the energy sales, or a total of $2.8 million over the life of the contract, harbor officials said.

If the contract is approved by the Los Angeles City Council, the first solar panel systems are expected to begin operating by mid-2016, officials said.

Mayor Eric Garcetti touted the project as a “perfect example of our city departments doing their part to adopt my Sustainable City plan.”