Dominion opens pair of renewable energy facilities in Connecticut

The two facilities produce about 20 MW of clean energy for the people of Connecticut, enough power for about 20,000 homes

Dec 27th, 2013

Dominion began commercial operations at its Dominion Bridgeport Fuel Cell facility located in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and the Dominion Somers Solar Center located in Somers, Connecticut. Together, the two facilities produce about 20 MW of clean energy for the people of Connecticut, enough power for about 20,000 homes.

Dominion Bridgeport Fuel Cell, which is located in downtown Bridgeport along Interstate 95 and the Northeast rail corridor, is producing 14.9 MW of clean energy using an electrochemical process that efficiently converts natural gas into electricity.

Dominion Bridgeport Fuel Cell is part of Project 150, a program sponsored by the state and supported by the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) to increase renewable and clean energy projects in Connecticut by 150 MW. CEFIA is the nation's first full-scale clean energy finance authority that leverages public and private funds to drive investment and scale up clean energy deployment in Connecticut.

FuelCell Energy Inc. will operate and maintain the facility under a services contract with Dominion. FCE is supplying five Direct FuelCell stationary fuel cell power plants and an organic rankine turbine that will convert waste heat from the fuel cells into additional electricity.

Dominion will sell the output of the fuel cell power station and solar center to Connecticut Light & Power under fixed power purchase agreements.

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