Cupertino Electric Completes Port of Los Angeles 1 MW Solar Photovoltaic System

Cupertino Electric, Inc.´s (CEI) Energy Alternatives Division today announced the completion of a 1 Megawatt (MW) rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system at Berths 93A and B of the Port of Los Angeles´ World Cruise Ship Terminal in Southern California. The project was engineered and constructed by CEI while the World Cruise Center remained fully operational. Construction was complete on the project in June 2010.

"We are excited to unveil the live solar system at the Port of Los Angeles designed and built by Cupertino Electric, which harnesses the power of the plentiful Southern California sun to reduce carbon emissions, improve air quality and increase economic opportunities for Los Angeles businesses and residents," said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Katz, Ph.D. "The new PV system at the Port underscores our commitment to utilizing the latest technologies to establish one of the greenest seaports in North America."

Port of Los Angeles Solar Project Specifics

The 71,500 square-foot, roof-mounted solar PV system designed and installed by CEI contains high-efficiency crystalline modules and utilizes a self-ballasted racking system that does not penetrate the terminal´s roof. The solar project is part of the City of Los Angeles´ "Solar LA Program," one of the world´s largest solar power projects undertaken by a single city. Over its lifetime, the solar system will reduce the Port´s carbon footprint by nearly 22,838 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is the equivalent of cutting the annual greenhouse gases of 4,367 cars, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

"Working with one of the world´s largest ports to safely meet its carbon footprint reduction goals and help demonstrate its renewable energy leadership was an honor," said John Curcio, Vice President for Cupertino Electric, Inc. "This project´s success is due in large part to the close communication we had between the knowledgeable Port of Los Angeles staff, our in-house engineering department and our safety-focused project management team jointly dedicated to efficiently delivering a turn-key, 1 MW solar PV system."

The Port of Los Angeles, also known as "America´s Port," is committed to developing innovative, strategic and sustainable operations that positively impact the economy and the quality of life of the region and nation it serves. A recipient of numerous environmental awards, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency´s 2007 "Clean Air Excellence Award," the Port of Los Angeles is committed to innovating cleaner, greener ways of doing business. As the leading seaport in North America, based on shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generated 919,000 regional jobs and $39.1 billion in annual wages and tax revenues. A proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles, the Port of self-supporting and does not receive taxpayer dollars.

Cupertino Electric, Inc. (CEI) is a nationally-recognized engineering and construction company headquartered in San Jose, Calif. With more than 55 years of open and honest dealings with customers, vendors, contractors and employees, CEI specializes in technically complex, mission-critical, schedule-challenged, private, commercial and public works projects. CEI´s Energy Alternatives Division analyzes, engineers, procures, finances, constructs, maintains and operates solar and alternative energy solutions.