Boats in Newport Harbor can get a charge out of innovative floating microgrid dock

NEWPORT — The first autonomous floating microgrid dock that uses solar power to recharge electric-propulsion boats is operating in Newport Harbor. Boaters also can use the microgrid instead of boat generators.

“It’s the first in the world,” said Anthony Baro, managing partner of Power Docks LLC, which developed the microgrid dock and was co-founded by Baro and Chris Fagan, the other managing partner.

The platform is a square dock with solar panels in the center and a deck for walking around the perimeter. The platform is