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Tecogen Sells Microgrid System to New York Nursing Home

By Microgrid Resources Coalition posted 08-07-2019 12:33




Tecogen Inc. (TGEN), a clean energy company providing ultra-efficient, clean, natural gas-powered on-site power, heating, and cooling equipment, is pleased to announce the turnkey sale of a 375 kW microgrid enabled cogeneration system for a nursing home located in Brooklyn, New York. The system will provide heat and power cheaper and more efficiently than the utility, as well as backup capability for critical facility loads. The project will receive state incentives for clean and efficient power generation, as well as utility incentives for mitigating demand on the power grid during times of peak electrical demand.

“New York City continues to have some of the highest electric rates in the country,” said Joseph E. Gehret, Director of Field Operations for Tecogen. “This facility will see a dramatic reduction in its cost for electric power as a result of its installation of Tecogen’s 90% efficient InVerde e+ cogeneration system, as well as meaningful reduction in its carbon footprint. The added resiliency that the InVerde microgrid technology provides was also a significant factor in the selection of Tecogen for the project. Nursing homes have critical needs in the event of grid outages, and our system will provide backup power to key circuits until grid power is restored.”

Many buildings in New York City are striving to cost-effectively reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) profile in preparation for the anticipated establishment of carbon limits. As energy production from the InVerde unit is 2-3 times more efficient then grid-sourced energy in most states like New York, it is produced at less than half the carbon footprint. Since most of the nursing home’s electricity will be produced by the InVerde microgrid, the GHG reduction for this facility is substantial and provides a compelling example of cogeneration as a compliance strategy for future GHG standards.

“Large buildings in New York are facing important energy reduction goals as facility managers anticipate the possibility that the State will establish carbon limits that may otherwise curtail operations,” noted Benjamin Locke, Tecogen CEO. “The efficiency of our cogeneration technology allows large buildings to significantly reduce their carbon footprint, and potentially benefit from future carbon reduction incentives.”

The project includes a five year maintenance contract and is expected to be operational in early 2020.

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