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Yusen Terminal

North America Commertial

  • Location:Los Angleles, USA
  • Date onstream:2010-04
  • System Capacity:7.6 kWp

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Linda Aasen-Frame

Linda Aasen-Frame
Environmental & Quality Affairs
Yusen Terminals Inc.

CIS modules have given us excellent output and their outstanding warranty will protect us against potential corrosion from the sea air.

Site Overview

Coordinates 33.7° N, 118.3° W
Average Global Irradiance 1,898 kWh/m2/yr
Average Temperature 16.6 °C • 61.8 °F
Average Precipitation 323 mm • 12.7 in/yr

Technical Overview

Panel Type SF80-US-B (80 W)
Number of panels installed 96
Panel angle and Orientation 20°, South 0°
Output Apr. '10 - Aug. '10: 6,737 kWh (AC)
CO2 reduction 3,698 kg • 8,152 lbs
Inverter SMA SB 4000US

Yusen Terminal

High salinity in the air make the The Port of Los Angeles a challenging environment for solar panels.


Yusen Terminal Inc.(YTI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), developed the first tenant-installed solar project at the Port of Los Angeles. The pilot system was designed by SeaPort Energy and constructed in cooperation with NYK Trading Corporation. A location adjacent to the wharf was selected to demonstrate the durability of the CIS modules in a saltwater maritime environment.


The installation was another first for YTI, who is a recognized leader in environmental stewardship. Certified in 2003, the company is the first, and only, container terminal in Los Angeles to achieve and maintain ISO 14001 certification. YTI is also the first company to implement direct ship-to-shore Alternative Maritime Power (AMP), which has been in use since November 2007. AMP helps ships at berth reduce diesel emissions from auxiliary engines by connecting to on-shore energy sources.


YTI’s solar installation supports the Port of Los Angeles’s 5-year goal of installing 10 megawatts of photovoltaic power.




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