Montville — The Water Pollution Control Authority just found an alternative way to power its plant.
A device known as a fuel cell, which generates electricity and heat from natural gas merging with oxygen from the air, was installed at the WPCA facility last week.
The equipment represents a partnership between the WPCA and Eversource Energy, according to WPCA Superintendent Derek Albertson and Mayor Ron McDaniel.
McDaniel described how the town saves money from the new energy source.
“The fuel cell costs nothing for the town,” he said. “The third party gets a tax credit for putting it in. They produce the energy and sell it back to us at a reduced cost. The third-party, VFS Energy Services, installs the fuel cell, maintains it, manages it. They pay us back for the gas that goes into the fuel cell, and we end up getting billed for the electricity.
Source: The Day