Waitsfield, Vermont [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Distributed power generation is Northern Power Systems’ specialty, and New York State will soon become one of the company’s most frequent state-side customers. Northern Power was awarded a master implementation contract by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to design, engineer and install distributed generation (DG) projects at various NYPA customer sites over the next three years.The anticipated total value of the contract over the three-year time period is between $5 million and $10 million. Projects in the contract will include photovoltaics and anaerobic digester gas technologies, along with reciprocating engines and gas turbines. The master implementation contract follows the launch of NYPA’s 2004 distributed generation (DG) program geared to serve the needs of New York State counties, municipalities, and other entities. Systems for the individual projects will range in size up to 5 MW of capacity, and operate in grid-parallel and grid-isolated configurations. The first two projects identified for development as part of the master implementation contract are a 400 kW fuel cell CHP system for Metro North in Grand Central Station in New York City and a 240 kW CHP system for SUNY Albany Nanotech at their new global research and development, technology commercialization center. According to Northern Power’s COO Darren Jamison, the company has identified New York as key to continued growth of the company’s CHP business, and working on a long-term basis with NYPA, NYSERDA, and other state agencies is a key part of that strategy. “We have just opened a New York-Metro Regional Office in Hoboken, New Jersey,” Jamison said. “Staffed with sales, project engineering and management personnel; this new full service office enables us to actively and aggressively pursue DG projects in New York City, Westchester County, and the greater New York-New Jersey metropolitan area.” Plug Power is part of the growing hydrogen infrastructure in New York, and is partnering with American Honda Motor, Air Products and Chemicals, and Homeland Energy through a contract with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to help build the refueling stations for fuel cell vehicles, including two Honda FCX’s recently leased by the State of New York. The NYSERDA program calls for Plug Power to install a GenSite hydrogen generator at the Company’s Latham location, which would be capable of directly fueling fuel cell vehicles; and the Air Product’s HF-150 mobile refueler, which will be located at the State’s Harriman Campus in Albany, NY. As part of the second project, Plug Power will partner with Albany NanoTech based at the University at Albany, SUNY to integrate a GenSite system into the existing hydrogen infrastructure. The NanoTech Center utilizes hydrogen in research and development of semiconductors, and this project will enable the partners to explore the applicability of on-site hydrogen generation within the semiconductor industry while gaining critical applications knowledge at a highly visible site. “Under the strong leadership of Governor Pataki, NYSERDA has been helping to advance hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, with Plug Power being a key player,” said NYSERDA President Peter R. Smith. “We are excited about funding these two projects because they involve the use of hydrogen in real life applications much sooner than we anticipated.” Plug Power and project partners expect the hydrogen generators to be installed later this year once final contract negotiations are complete.