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New Haven welcomes new fuel cell

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New Haven's latest financially smart renewable energy investment arrived Sunday outside the Hall of Records at 200 Orange Street.  The fuel cell, which is being leased through an energy services agreement with Connecticut-based UTC Power, will be installed and operational by April.

The fuel cell will provide almost all of the electricity for City Hall and 200 Orange Street, and approximately half of the heating and cooling needs for the two buildings. Use of the fuel cell is projected to save the City between $500,000 and $1 million over the next ten years, dependent on long term electricity and gas prices.

Heating and cooling for City Hall and 200 Orange is currently provided by an energy plant shared with the CT Financial Center next door.  The energy from the fuel cell will reduce the City's dependence on fossil fuel sources, while also reducing emissions, fuel consumption, and energy costs. The City will continue to use energy from the existing energy plant to supplement the fuel cell as needed.

"The installation of this fuel cell is yet another example where doing the right thing environmentally has also made the most sense financially," said Mayor John DeStefano Jr.

"The fuel cell is a Class I renewable energy source under the state Renewable Portfolio Standards. It supports the City's commitment to get its energy from more renewable sources; helps mitigate air pollution; and provides significant savings to the City. Whichever way you look at it, it's a win-win," said Christine Tang, Director of the Office of Sustainability.

The fuel cell installation is the latest in a series of financially smart renewable energy investments by the City and the New Haven Public Schools. Clemente Leadership Academy is currently served by a fuel cell, which it will share with Hill Central Music Academy once construction there is complete. Barnard Environmental Studies School and Davis Street School also generate a portion of their energy from solar panels. An additional six schools receive energy from co-generation technology, classified as renewable by the State of Connecticut. The City also recently executed an agreement for the purchase of natural gas that provides for the use of bio-fuels for City trucks and school buses during the warmer months.

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