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The Port of Long Beach, in the US state of California, has signed a $5.2 million contract with Schneider Electric for the development of a microgrid.

The port is using a $5 million grant secured from the California Energy Commission to implement the pilot.

The project is part of a $7.1 million initiative to improve energy resilience at the nation’s second biggest port and reduce operational costs and carbon emissions.

The port handles over $194 million worth of cargo per year.

Schneider Electric will design and install a microgrid comprising distributed energy resource hardware solution Energy Control Center and control technologies.

DERs will include a 300KW array photovoltaic system for energy production, a 250kW microgrid-extending mobile battery energy storage and a 500kW diesel generator.

The technologies include those developed by EnSync, cloud-based demand-side management software EcoStruxure Microgrid Advisor, Power Monitoring and Power SCADA Operation.

The technologies will simplify the Port’s DER integration and allow microgrid operators to collect, forecast and automatically optimise operations.

The microgrid operators will be based at the port's critical response facility, the Joint Command and Control Center, which functions as the port's hub for security.

Schneider Electric will also work with the Long Beach City College and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers to strengthen local workforce development and training initiatives.

The solutions provider will develop a lessons learned guidebook and provide paid on-the-job apprentices during the development of the microgrid.

Tracy Egoscue, Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners president, said: "Ensuring a stable supply of energy is crucial to the zero-emissions future the Harbor Commission envisions for the Port of Long Beach.”