November 1, 2018

FuelCell inks power agreement for Hartford project

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
A FuelCell plant in Woodbridge.

Danbury-based FuelCell Energy Inc. announced Thursday it signed long-term power purchase agreements with local utilities to cover a 7.4-megawatt project in Hartford.

The manufacturer says the Hartford fuel cell project at 441 Homestead Ave. will add infrastructure investment in the city, driving economic and environment improvement by generating state sales and local property taxes. It will also create and retain tech-based manufacturing and construction jobs in the area.

The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) will grant final authorization of the agreements.

Chip Bottone, the company's CEO and president, said fuel cells are "one of the most space-efficient, resilient clean energy technologies" under the state Department of Energy's renewable portfolio standard.

"Affordably addressing both the distributed energy and sustainability needs of the utilities and the state of Connecticut is an attractive value proposition offered by FuelCell Energy," Bottone said.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) awarded the Hartford project in June at the vacant parcel on Homestead Avenue. The project aims to improve the public electricity grid serving commercial and industrial portions of the city, the company said.

In May, state lawmakers expanded DEEP's authority to order utilities to purchase as much as 50 percent more clean energy in an ongoing competitive bidding process.

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