Fuel Cell and Solar Power at County Jail

[] Stationary fuel cell manufacturer FuelCell Energy has entered into the California market with the sale of a 1 MW Direct FuelCell power plant to the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. This is the company’s first fuel cell project with its North American distribution partner, Chevron Energy Solutions. FuelCell will provide Alameda County, where the jail is located, with a DFC1500 power plant and related operating and maintenance services. Chevron Energy Solutions will act as overall project manager and integrator, providing design, engineering, construction, and installation services to Alameda County. The power plant is expected to provide 90 percent of base load power requirements for the Santa Rita Jail, which also has a 1.18 MW solar photovoltaic system. Alameda County is receiving $1.4 million in project funding from the California Public Utilities Commission’s Self Generation Incentive Program, as well as a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense’s 2003 Climate Change Fuel Cell Program.