Fuel Cells

NYSERDA's Fuel Cell programs support the installation of fuel cells for businesses, hospitals, multifamily buildings, and other large power consumers.

Fuel cells convert natural gas to a hydrogen-rich fuel that is combined with atmospheric oxygen in an electrochemical process to produce electricity, heat, and water. Fuel cells emit significantly less carbon dioxide than conventional combustion engines and give off virtually none of the harmful pollutants associated with burning fossil fuels.

Financial incentives are available to support the installation and operation of continuous duty fuel cell systems in New York State through the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Customer-Sited Tier - PON 2157 and the RPS Main Tier

Last Updated: 10/10/2014
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How To Participate

Fuel Cell developments in New York State are supported through the

  • Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Customer-Sited Tier - PON 2157
  • Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) - Main Tier
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Who Can Participate

RPS Customer-Sited tier participants must pay into the System Benefits Charge (SBC).

To be eligible for a Main Tier RPS award, a generating facility must be located in New York State, have first commenced commercial operation on or after January 1, 2003, or must produce new, incremental generation from new capacity above a historical baseline. Each facility must qualify as an eligible resource according to Public Service Commission OrdersLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

Facilities that have collected New York State System Benefits Charge (SBC) funding or incentives, grants, financial guarantees, or debt financing support for investment in any electric or gas plant are ineligible for participation in Main Tier solicitations. Visit RPS Main Tier Eligibility for further information.

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Who To Contact

Scott Larsen (Customer-Sited Tier)
Project Manager
518-862-1090, Ext. 3208

Doreen Harris (Main Tier)
Senior Project Manager
518-862-1090, Ext 3337

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