The Port of Los Angeles is to retrofit its Pasha marine terminal to function entirely off-grid, powered by a rooftop solar and battery energy storage-based microgrid.

The $27 million Green Omni Terminal Demonstration Project is already underway, with engineering design firm Burns & McDonnell announcing this week that it has been selected to provide design-build-engineering and project management services.

The project aims to bring the terminal to zero-emissions status, featuring electric vehicles, a 1 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) array, a 2.6 MWh battery storage system and an integrated energy management system.

Engineering is set to begin this month, with construction planned to start in October and finish in 2017.

The project is partly funded by a $14.5 million grant from the California Air Resources Board as part of a state-wide emissions reduction initiative. It is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by 3230 tonnes per year, as well as cutting diesel particulate emissions by 0.6 tonnes and NOx by 26 tonnes.

Dr Matt Wartian, project manager with Burns & McDonnell, said the demonstration project would be ‘a scalable model to upgrade the 26 other terminals at the Port of Los Angeles, as well as other terminals worldwide’.