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November 17, 2015

UI to build Woodbridge microgrid

Contributed photo A FuelCell cogeneration unit at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.

New Haven-based utility provider United Illuminating Co. said Tuesday that it has finalized an agreement with Woodbridge town officials to build a 2.2-megawatt microgrid.

Powered by a fuel cell made by Danbury-based FuelCell Energy, the Woodbridge microgrid will supply power to seven town facilities, including the police and fire departments, during power outages.

The fuel cell will be located near Amity Regional High School, which will receive heat and hot water from the plant’s co-generation process.

The Woodbridge microgrid will be operational late next year. FuelCell Energy has a long-term service agreement with UI to maintain and operate the plant.

UI said the project fulfills the company’s 2013 commitment under its Renewables Connections Program agreement with state regulators. The agreement allows UI to earn a higher financial return on 10 megawatts worth of renewable energy installations.

Other projects that qualify toward those 10 megawatts include a 5-megawatt fuel cell and solar facility in Bridgeport and a 2.8-megawatt fuel cell in New Haven.

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