New CARB Certification for FuelCell Energy

September 15, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has certified that the megawatt-class Direct FuelCell power plant manufactured by FuelCell Energy meets state distributed generation emissions standards for 2007. This means the DFC1500 is exempt from air pollution control and air quality district permitting requirements established by CARB. In addition, this certification qualifies the company’s products for preferential rate treatment by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) including the elimination of exit fees and standby charges for customer electric generation. The CPUC’s Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) offers subsidies of up to $4,500/kW or 50 percent for fuel cell projects that utilize renewable fuels, such as digester gas from wastewater treatment facilities, and up to $2,500/kW or 40 percent for fuel cell projects on natural gas.
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