Storms be damned: Microgrids offer potential for greater energy reliability

Jan 31st, 2012 | By | Category: Energy, Fuel Cell

Late last year Central Connecticut State University in New Britain added a 1.4 megawatt fuel cell from Fuel Cell Energy to its existing 2.5 megawatt cogeneration plant, a couple of months too late, however, for the snowstorm. “If we had the fuel cell, it would have pretty much operated the whole campus,” said plant facilities engineer Rob Gagne.

Perhaps more instructive, however, is how CCSU funded the fuel cell. A roughly $9 million project, it is owned by Greenwood Energy, which financed what is officially known as New Britain Renewable Energy LLC mainly with equity capital, some funding from the Connecticut Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority, plus about a 30 percent federal tax credit. Greenwood has a 10-year contract to sell power to CCSU.

For more on this story, visit: Microgrids offer potential for greater energy reliability | The Connecticut Mirror.

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