NYSERDA Announces $15 Million Available for Fuel Cell Systems to Support Critical Infrastructure Facilities

Technology Supports Governor Cuomo’s Ambitious Goal to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions 40 Percent by 2030

May 03, 2018

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced $15 million is available for the installation and operation of fuel cell systems that will support critical infrastructure in the state such as hospitals, police and fire stations and supermarkets. The siting of fuel cell systems at buildings where the power will be consumed avoids the traditional transmission and distribution system losses of electricity and its associated greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, fuel cells improve the efficiency of the electricity system, supporting Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ambitious clean energy goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030.

Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA said, “Strategically placed fuel cell systems can reduce stress on the electric grid while contributing to lower greenhouse gas emissions, both priorities of Governor Cuomo’s ambitious energy agenda. By integrating fuel cells into our energy infrastructure, we are building a more resilient energy system that can better withstand more frequently occurring extreme weather events.”

Fuel cells can supply power to critical building loads during a power failure, thereby providing resiliency. The amount of funding available for individual projects varies based on how the system will be used. Fuel cell systems supporting critical infrastructure will receive the highest amount of bonus incentives under this funding opportunity. Systems capable of working independent of the grid and providing back-up power during outages will also receive incentives. Funds will be available through December 31, 2019 and no project will receive more than $1 million. Each fuel cell module must be greater than 25 kilowatts.

The funding is made available through the state’s Clean Energy Fund, which is administered by NYSERDA.

As of March 2018 there were 24 NYSERDA funded continuous-duty stationary power fuel cell systems operating in New York, representing 7.1-megawatts. NYSERDA is also supporting 12 additional projects that are under development and will add 2.5-megawatts of power once they are completed.

More information about the funding is available at NYSERDA’s website.

About the Clean Energy Fund

The 10-year, $5.3 billion Clean Energy Fund (CEF) is a core component of New York State's Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to achieve a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. The CEF includes a focused effort to bring more clean energy opportunities and benefits to low- to moderate-income communities and is designed to deliver on New York State's commitment to accelerate the use of clean energy and energy innovation and drive economic development, while reducing ratepayer collections. NY Green Bank, a core component of the CEF, has generated $27.6 million in positive net income as a result of $457.5 million in investments in clean energy transactions across New York . Its $1 billion NY-Sun initiative has already helped facilitate a more than 1,000 percent increase in solar deployment since 2011. The CEF supports New York's ambitious Clean Energy Standard requiring 50 percent of the state's electricity to come from renewable energy sources by 2030.

Reforming the Energy Vision

Reforming the Energy Vision is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's strategy to lead on climate change and grow New York's economy. REV is building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers by stimulating investment in clean technologies like solar, wind, and energy efficiency and requiring 50 percent of the state's electricity needs from renewable energy by 2030. Already, REV has driven growth of more than 1,000 percent in the statewide solar market, improved energy affordability for 1.65 million low-income customers, and created thousands of jobs in manufacturing, engineering, and other clean tech sectors. REV is ensuring New York reduces statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and achieves the internationally recognized target of reducing emissions 80 percent by 2050. To learn more about REV, including the Governor's $5 billion investment in clean energy technology and innovation, visit rev.ny.gov, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

About NYSERDA

NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect the environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York State since 1975. To learn more about NYSERDA’s programs and funding opportunities, visit nyserda.ny.gov or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram.

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