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Danbury's FuelCell Energy Moves Ahead With Microgrid Project In Woodbridge

Gov. Dannel Malloy, Commissioner Robert Klee from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and others participate in ribbon-cutting ceremony at Amity Regional High School for the commissioning of a fuel cell power plant in Woodbridge.
Gov. Dannel Malloy, Commissioner Robert Klee from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and others participate in ribbon-cutting ceremony at Amity Regional High School for the commissioning of a fuel cell power plant in Woodbridge. Photo Credit: Contributed

DANBURY, Conn. -- FuelCell Energy, Inc. of Danbury participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony alongside legislative officials to celebrate the commissioning of a multi-megawatt combined heat and power fuel cell plant at Amity Regional High School in Woodbridge.

Fuel Cell Energy is a global leader in the design, manufacture, operation and project development of ultra‐clean, efficient and reliable fuel cell power plants. The ceremony at Amity High School included Governor Dannel Malloy and Commissioner Robert Klee of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

The fuel cell plant at the school is generating 2.2 megawatts of continuous power and usable heat in an environmentally-friendly manner. The fuel cell plant is owned by Avangrid and was designed, manufactured and installed by FuelCell Energy.

The fuel cell plant will be the sole power source for a state-of-the-art town microgrid, supplying 2.2 megawatts (MW) of continuous clean power to the electric grid under normal operation, and switching to microgrid-mode in the event of a grid outage to provide uninterrupted and reliable power to seven of Woodbridge's critical facilities.

"We view this project as a triple win including clean power for the community, reduced financial impact on the district, and educational opportunities for our students from this innovative fuel cell power generation," said Dr. Charles Dumais, superintendent of the Amity Regional School District #5.

"This project is a great example of how municipalities can align with utilities to enhance their critical power infrastructure with clean and affordable distributed power generation," said Chip Bottone, President and Chief Executive Officer, FuelCell Energy. "This project also demonstrates the unique ability to site large amounts of predictable power in well-populated and compact areas due to the clean, quiet, unobtrusive nature of our fuel cell plants."

Seven municipal buildings will be connected as part of the microgrid. In addition to the high school, the other buildings in the microgrid are Woodbridge Town Hall, library, firehouse, police station, public works facility and senior center.

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