Combined Heat & Power
Two-thirds of the energy that feeds conventional power plants is wasted heat, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. You can cut that waste in half by switching to a Combined Heat and Power (CHP or cogeneration) system, which generates electricity and thermal energy in a single, integrated system.* We offer incentives to help you take advantage of CHP technologies. Advances such as combustion turbines and reciprocating engines have allowed for new configurations of systems that combine heat and power production, expanding opportunities for these systems and increasing the amount of electricity they can produce. New turbines are now cost effective for systems down to 500 kW and reciprocating engines for systems down to 50 kW, dramatically expanding the number of sites where CHP can be installed. In recent years, smaller CHP systems have begun to make inroads in the light manufacturing, commercial buildings, and at smaller institutions such as hospitals.
Important Note: All CHP projects have to meet a minimum TRC of 0.70. All other custom non-CHP projects have to meet a minimum TRC of 0.85.
• Apply for incentives. Offset upfront costs and reduce payback time. We will pay 50% of a project’s cost, up to $500,000
• Lower operating costs through long-term energy savings
• Improve the efficiency and performance of your facility
• Preserve the environment, reduce emissions, saving natural resources and complying with EPA’s Clean Power Plan
• Pre-approval is required for all custom and CHP projects.
Installing a photovoltaic (PV) solar system is more affordable than ever. Your business’ solar incentive is $1,000 per peak kW. kW savings are calculated based on summer coincident peak demand energy production, which occurs June through August (excluding weekends and holidays) from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Incentives require pre-approval and are capped at 50 percent of the project cost, up to $500,000.
*Source: ACEEE. Learn more about combined heat and power systems at ACEEE. The ACEEE offers a deployment toolkit for Combined Heat & Power Projects to be found here.