Dominion Begins Commercial Operations of Two Renewable Energy Facilities in
-- Bridgeport fuel cell cleanly converts natural gas to electricity
-- Somers Solar Center produces power using 23,150 solar panels
-- Combined output can power about 20,000 homes
RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 27, 2013
RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Dominion (NYSE: D) announced
today it has begun commercial operations at its Dominion Bridgeport Fuel Cell
facility located in Bridgeport, Conn., and the Dominion Somers Solar Center
located in Somers, Conn. Together, the two facilities produce approximately 20
megawatts of clean energy for the people of Connecticut, enough power for
approximately 20,000 homes.
"Dominion is pleased to be adding 20 megawatts of renewable energy in
Connecticut to our existing 2,100 megawatts of carbon-free power from our
Millstone Power Station," said David A. Christian, Dominion Generation chief
executive officer. "These stations are generating clean, reliable electricity
Dominion Bridgeport Fuel Cell, which is located in downtown Bridgeport along
Interstate 95 and the Northeast rail corridor, is producing 14.9 megawatts of
clean energy using an electro-chemical process that efficiently converts
natural gas into electricity.
Dominion Bridgeport Fuel Cell is part of Project 150, a program sponsored by
the state and supported by the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority
(CEFIA) to increase renewable and clean energy projects in Connecticut by 150
megawatts. CEFIA is the nation's first full-scale clean energy finance
authority that leverages public and private funds to drive investment and
scale up clean energy deployment in Connecticut.
FuelCell Energy Inc. will operate and maintain the facility under a services
contract with Dominion. FCE is supplying five Direct FuelCell® stationary fuel
cell power plants and an organic rankine turbine that will convert waste heat
from the fuel cells into additional electricity.
Dominion will sell the output of the fuel cell power station and solar center
to Connecticut Light & Power under fixed power purchase agreements.
The Somers Solar Center (
built by Prime Solutions Inc., a Connecticut contractor, occupies 50 acres in
north-central Connecticut. It consists of 23,150 Kyocera solar panels that
generate roughly 5 megawatts of renewable energy. The center is one of three
solar projects that will be placed in service by Dominion in 2013. The others
are near Augusta, Georgia and Indianapolis, Indiana.
Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy,
with a portfolio of approximately 23,500 megawatts of generation. Dominion
operates one of the nation's largest natural gas storage systems and serves
retail energy customers in 15 states. For more information about Dominion,
visit the company's website at
SOURCE Dominion Virginia Power
Contact: Ken Holt, (860) 440-0132, Kenneth.A.Holt@dom.com
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