FuelCell Energy, Inc. has executed a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the County of Alameda to install a 1.4 megawatt fuel cell combined heat and power plant at Santa Rita Jail, in Dublin, California.
The new fuel cell plant, to be commissioned in the second half of 2016, will replace a smaller FuelCell Energy power plant installed in 2006. The PPA facilitates the upgrade of Alameda County’s fuel cell to the latest generation power plant with no upfront capital investment required from the County and payment on a per kilowatt hour basis only for power produced at a price lower than the electric grid.
Caroline Judy, Acting Director of the General Services Agency for the County of Alameda, said, “Installing the fuel cell continues the Alameda County Board of Supervisors’ long standing commitment to environmental leadership through the adoption of clean, on-site power generation that delivers cost savings.”
“This critical infrastructure installation is an excellent application for our ultra-clean and affordable power generation solutions and illustrates how fuel cell plants complement intermittent power generation such as solar,” said Chip Bottone, President and Chief Executive Officer at FuelCell Energy. “The Alameda County Sherriff’s Department needs reliable, cost-effective and clean energy and hot water to do their important work day in and day out, and we are proud to supply a critical part of their infrastructure.”
The fuel cell plant will meet approximately 60 percent of Santa Rita Jail’s total baseload power demand and 70 percent of the energy use, while the excess heat from the fuel cells will be used for generating hot water.