June 2018
 FCHEA Update

Industry Success on Display at National Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Forum
On Tuesday, June 12, FCHEA organized the 2018 National Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Forum, a full-day forum and technology showcase in Washington, D.C. The Forum featured a wide-range of high-level speakers from prominent Members of Congress to representatives from the White House, the U.S. Departments of Energy, U.S. Department of Transportation, state legislators and agency representatives, fuel cell and hydrogen industry executives, and leaders from the NGO community. With over 350 industry representatives from across the country and around the world in attendance, the Forum was an astounding success!
The technology showcase brought together American and international companies to display their innovative fuel cell and hydrogen products. The Forum also featured fuel cell vehicles from FCHEA members Toyota and Honda, along with a fuel cell-powered forklift from FCHEA member Plug Power.
After the Forum, attendees traveled to Capitol Hill for an evening reception in the Hart Senate Office Building. At the reception, several Senators and Members of Congress received the Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy All-Star Award for their support and advocacy of the industry at the federal level, including:
  • Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
  • Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
  • Senator Tom Carper (D-DE)
  • Representative Elizabeth Esty (D-CT)
  • Representative John Larson (D-CT)
  • Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY)
Representatives from FCHEA member companies presented the awards to the legislators from their respective states: FuelCell Energy in Connecticut and South Carolina, Plug Power in New York, and W.L. Gore in Delaware.
FCHEA also recognized Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Christopher Coons (D-DE).
The Forum demonstrated the impressive growth of the fuel cell and hydrogen energy industry in recent years, and our potential for even more milestones going forward. FCHEA would like to thank all of our speakers and exhibitors for participating in the Forum, and a special thank you to our strategic partners and sponsors: the United States Department of Energy, the Hydrogen Council, American Honda Motor Company, Toyota Motor North America, Plug Power, W.L. Gore & Associates, and FuelCell Energy.

To see a full list of all the speakers and exhibitors from the Forum, visit our event website  here.

Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Industry Growth Showcased in New FCHEA Publications

FCHEA recently released two new resources that demonstrate the growth and impact of the industry and showcase the leadership of our member companies. 

The  Member Product Guide details the wide-range of commercially-available products covering the fuel cell and hydrogen supply chain including: components, primary, back-up and distributed power systems, commercial motor vehicles, forklifts, hydrogen generation, delivery and storage technologies. Services, including laboratory space, research and development, testing, certification, engineering, are also covered.

The  Member Media Guide provides a detailed overview of the FCHEA’s member organizations and includes media contact information. 

FCHEA wants to thank all of our members for their support and input in developing these documents. These resources are informative and helpful for analysts, journalists, government officials, energy experts, and customers interested in today’s fuel cell and hydrogen technologies.
 Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Headlines

Connecticut Awards 52 MW of Fuel Cell Projects to FCHEA Members
On June 13, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced the selection of four projects from three FCHEA members to install 52 MW of fuel cell power in the state. This will double the installed capacity of fuel cells in Connecticut to about 100 MW.

FuelCell Energy will install a 14.8 MW fuel cell system in the city Derby, and a 7.4 MW system in the state capital of Hartford. Bloom Energy will install a 10 MW system in the town of Colchester. These three projects are located in urban areas near load centers and/or cited on brownfields or other commercial property. According to DEEP, the projects will create or retain more than 200 jobs.

In addition, Doosan Fuel Cell America will install a 19.98 MW grid-connected system to power the planned Energy and Innovation Park in the city of New Britain. According to DEEP, the project will showcase the use of combined heat and power for heating and cooling the surrounding businesses in addition to the Energy and Innovation Park.

Click  here for the full press release from DEEP. FuelCell Energy also issued a  press release with more information on their two fuel cell projects.

Hyundai Signs Fuel Cell Vehicle Partnership Agreement with Audi
On June 20, FCHEA member Hyundai Motor Group announced that it has entered into a multi-year patent cross-licensing agreement with German automaker Audi, covering a broad range of fuel cell vehicle (FCV) components and technologies. Under the partnership - which also covers Hyundai affiliate Kia Motors and Audi's parent company Volkswagen - the automakers will make joint efforts in developing FCVs.

Both companies will have mutual access to fuel cell components and leverage each other's research & development capabilities in fuel cell technology. As a first step, Hyundai will grant Audi access to parts it has developed in its Tucson and NEXO FCV models. According to Hyundai, the automakers have also agreed to explore opportunities for further collaboration to accelerate FCV development and spur innovation for the technology.

Click  here for the full press release from Hyundai.

Hexagon Composites to Supply Hydrogen Tanks for Upcoming Fuel Cell Vehicle
On June 12, FCHEA member Hexagon Composites (Hexagon) announced that the company will supply compressed hydrogen tanks for serial production of fuel cell vehicles (FCV) to be launched by an automotive original equipment manufacturer.

Hexagon states that it is currently developing the tanks to support anticipated production activities as early as 2020. Production is planned to run for at least five years and Hexagon estimates the combined value for development and serial production to be in the range of $120 million - $150 million.

Click  here for the full press release from Hexagon Composites.

General Motors to Develop Hydrogen Fuel Cell Auxiliary Power Unit for Aircraft with Liebherr
On June 18,  Automotive News reported on a new partnership between FCHEA member General Motors (GM) and Liebherr-Aerospace of France to develop a hydrogen fuel cell-powered auxiliary power unit (APU) for aircraft applications. 

According to Charlie Freese, Executive Director of GM's global fuel cell activities, the exclusive deal is part of the company's strategy to pursue nonautomotive and commercial revenue opportunities ahead of offering fuel cell vehicle (FCV) technologies to consumers. Per Freese, the aircraft APUs, which are currently powered by gas-turbine engines, are an "introduction point" to other fuel cell applications in aerospace and related fields.

Click  here for the full article from  Automotive News.

Plug Power Acquires American Fuel Cell to Expand On-Road Fuel Cell Applications
On June 6, Plug Power announced the acquisition of Rochester, New York-based American Fuel Cell (AFC). The acquisition provides Plug Power with AFC's leading edge Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA) technology, coupled with specialized system knowledge for on-road applications.

According to Plug Power, the acquisition accelerates the company’s expansion into the on-road industry, including delivery vehicle fleets that are increasingly utilizing fuel cell or electric powertrains. 

Click  here for the full press release from Plug Power.

Bloom Energy Powers New York Medical Center with 1.8 MW Fuel Cell System
On June 21, the State University of New York (SUNY)'s Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn unveiled a 1.8 MW fuel cell system to power a significant portion of the campus' energy needs.

The fuel cell system was built by Bloom Energy through a partnership with SUNY Downstate and Con Edison's Brooklyn-Queens Neighborhood Program, which provided financial support of $1.3 million for the project. According to SUNY Downstate Medical Center, the Bloom Energy system comes at no cost to New York taxpayers.

The system will provide 45% of Downstate’s base electrical load, including two-thirds of the electricity needs of the University Hospital of Brooklyn, which operates 24 hours a day. The fuel cell deployment is the largest project to date—by megawatts—in the Brooklyn-Queens Neighborhood Program, which works with customers in certain fast-growing areas of Brooklyn and Queens to use technology to manage their electric usage effectively. 
Left to right: Bill Walsh, Senior VP of SUNY Downstate Medical Center; Susan Brennan, COO of Bloom Energy; Vicki Kuo, Con Edison Energy Efficiency Director, and Dr. Wayne Riley, SUNY Downstate President pose in front of the new Bloom Energy fuel cell system at the Medical Center. Source: SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Click  here for the full press release from SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

Coalition of Nine U.S. States Releases Updated Zero Emission Vehicle Action Plan
On June 20, the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) released their 2018 - 2021 Multi-State Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) Action Plan. The Action Plan was developed by NESCAUM's Multi-State ZEV Task Force comprised of nine states: California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The Action Plan provides policy recommendations to accelerate consumer adoption of ZEVs, including hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCV). Specific action items for FCV adoption include:

  • Forming a multi-state working group to address dissemination of informational resources, share best practices, coordinate station location recommendations to create a regional station network, and support initial market launch of FCVs beyond California; and

  • Engaging with and support permitting, codes and standards that enable hydrogen station deployment, providing supporting educational resources to officials when necessary.

Click  here for the full press release from NESCAUM. The full 2018 - 2021 Action Plan can be read here.

Plug Power Named to Food Logistics’ Top Green Providers List for 2018
On June 18, Plug Power announced that it has been named to the Top Green Providers list for 2018 by  Food Logistics. This marks the second year in a row that Plug Power has made the Top Green Providers list.

Food Logistics’ annual Top Green Providers recognizes companies whose products, services, or exemplary leadership is enhancing sustainability within the food and beverage industry.

Click  here for the full press release from Plug Power.

Canada's First Retail Hydrogen Fueling Station Opens in Vancouver
On June 15, Canada's first retail hydrogen station for fuel cell vehicles (FCV) opened in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia.

The hydrogen dispenser is located at an existing Shell station, and was built by the Hydrogen Technology and Energy Corporation (HTEC). This is the first of six hydrogen stations HTEC plans to construct in British Columbia.

At the official station opening, Honda, Hyundai, and Toyota were on hand with FCVs for ride and drives with the media.
Oliver Bishop, general manager of hydrogen at Shell, fuels a Hyundai FCV at the Vancouver hydrogen station. Source: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Click  here for more coverage from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Hyundai Canada issued their own press release on the station opening, which can be read  here.

French Government Announces Hydrogen Deployment Plan With Initial Funding of €100 Million
On June 1, Nicolas Hulot, the French Minister of Ecological and Inclusive Transition, announced a long-term plan for the deployment of renewable, decarbonized hydrogen energy in France.

According to Minister Hulot, the plan aims to construct 100 hydrogen fueling stations nationwide by 2023, up from the current total of 20. The plan also envisions 5,000 light-duty fuel cell vehicles (FCV) and 200 heavy-duty FCVs - including buses, trucks, and boats - on the road by 2023. By 2028, the Ministry expects 400 to 1,000 stations, 20,000 to 50,000 light-duty FCVs and 800 to 2,000 heavy-duty FCVs.
Minister Hulot addresses hydrogen industry stakeholders in Paris on June 1, 2018.
Source: French Ministry of Ecological and Inclusive Transition

Other goals for the hydrogen plan include using at least 10% renewable-sourced industrial hydrogen by 2023 - expanding to 20% - 40% by 2028 - and support the development of renewable hydrogen fuel as an energy storage solution.

To help implement the goals of the deployment plan, Minister Hulot announced €100 million (about $117 million) in hydrogen transportation, energy storage, and industry investments for 2019. The funding will be managed by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency.

Click  here for the full announcement from the Ministry of Ecological and Inclusive Transition, which includes a link to the full hydrogen deployment plan. Please note that the announcement is in French.

Nel Opens First Hydrogen Fueling Station in Iceland
On June 15, FCHEA member Nel ASA opened Iceland's first hydrogen fueling station in the capital of Reykjavik. The two hydrogen dispensers are located at an existing Orkan gasoline station, and were built with support from Hydrogen Mobility Europe, a European Union part funded project through the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking in the Horizon 2020 Program.
A Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle refueling at the new hydrogen station in Reykjavik.
Source: Hydrogen Mobility Europe

Click  here for the full press release from Hydrogen Mobility Europe.

Quebec Government Announces Plans to Build First Hydrogen Refueling Station
On June 13, the Government of the Canadian Province of Quebec announced plans to construct its first hydrogen station for fuel cell vehicles (FCV). The station will built by FCHEA member Hydrogenics as part of a “multi-energy” service station to offer motorists electricity, hydrogen and conventional fuels at the same point of sale. 

The Harnois Groupe-owned station will be located in the provincial capital of Quebec City, and will be equipped to produce hydrogen on-site via electrolysis of water. This hydrogen station will be used by Government of Quebec to fuel their fleet of 50 Toyota Mirai FCV that were purchased earlier this year.

Click  here for the full press release from the Government of Quebec.

Plug Power Integrates Hydrogen Fuel Cells Into Linde Material Handling Vehicles
This month, Plug Power's European team exhibited as a partner at the World of Material Handling conference hosted by FCHEA member Linde Material Handling in Mannheim, Germany.

At the conference, Plug Power displayed Linde's new counterbalance truck E20FC and reach truck R20FC, which have been seamlessly integrated with Plug Power's hydrogen fuel cells. According to Plug Power, Linde now has a range of certified fuel cell-ready material handling vehicles for purchase, including the P30C-FC electric tow trucks and E25-FC electric forklift trucks.

Andy Marsh, CEO of Plug Power, says that the company looks forward to cooperating further with Linde as they look to accelerate hydrogen adoption in the European manufacturing market.

Click  here for the full press release from Plug Power.

Nel Announces First Korean Purchase Order for Hydrogen Fueling Station
On May 31, Nel ASA announced that its Korean subsidy has received a €2 million (about $2,366,000) purchase order for its H2Station hydrogen fueling station from local retail company Joong Do Gas.

The purchase order marks the first sale of Nel's H2Station in South Korea, and the station will be installed alongside conventional fuels on the existing forecourt of a Joong Do Gas station. According to Nel, the station's installation will start near the end of 2018.

Click  here for the full press release from Nel.

Toyota, Seven-Eleven Japan to Launch Fuel Cell CO2 Reduction Project in 2019
On June 6, Toyota and Seven-Eleven Japan announced the details of a joint project to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at Seven-Eleven's store distribution and operations.

The project, which begins in the Fall of 2019, will see Seven-Eleven deploy Toyota's stationary fuel cell generators, along with rechargeable batteries and solar panels, to power stores across Japan. In addition, a newly developed small fuel cell truck from Toyota will be introduced in the distribution process. Both steps are part of Seven-Eleven Japan's goal of reducing CO2 emissions across their supply chain with zero-emissions energy.
Digital rendering of Toyota's small fuel cell truck to be used for distribution by Seven-Eleven Japan. Source: Toyota

Click  here for the full press release from Toyota.

Bulgaria to Build 10 Hydrogen Fueling Stations by 2025
On May 27, Bulgaria's Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications (MTITC) announced plans for ten hydrogen fueling stations to be installed in the country by 2025.

Deputy Minister Anguel Popov announced the Ministry's goal at the European Union's Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) Hydrogen Summit in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. According to the Deputy Minister, Bulgaria is currently examining locations for the stations to be built, with the first one likely to be installed in the city of Burgas on the Black Sea coast.

Deputy Minister Popov also announced that modifications are underway on a Bulgarian passenger transport ship to run on hydrogen. After his presentation, Deputy Minister Popov visited two hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCV) on display as part of the summit outside Sofia's National Palace of Culture.
Deputy Minister of Transport Anguel Popov (Right) examining a Toyota Mirai FCV. Source: Republic of Bulgaria

The following day at the Hydrogen Summit, Deputy Minister Popov spoke further on Bulgaria's plans to construct hydrogen fueling stations, and noted that FCH JU's work in analyzing legislation, best practices and obstacles for the deployment of hydrogen technology will be useful for his country.

Click  here for the full press release from the MTITC. 

Nel Takes Full Ownership of South Korean Joint Venture for Hydrogen Stations
On June 8, Nel ASA announced that it is increasing ownership of its South Korean Nel-Deokyang Co. joint venture to 100%, renaming the fully-owned subsidiary Nel Korea Co., Ltd. According to Nel, this move will allow the company to accelerate its sales and deployments of hydrogen fueling stations in South Korea.

Click  here for the full press release from Nel.
Federal Program Updates

U.S. Energy Department Awards 4 Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Projects
On May 30, the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced their 2018 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase I Release 2 Awards, including four projects focused on high density hydrogen storage and hydrogen fueling infrastructure for fuel cell vehicles.

The awards total about $605,000 in funding.

Click  here for a full list of awardees from EERE.

U.S. Energy Department Releases State of the States 2017 Edition, Written by FCHEA

In June, the U.S. Department of Energy released the eighth edition of its annual State of the States: Fuel Cells in America report. Written by FCHEA staff, this report details policies, deployments, and advancements of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies in each of the 50 states, plus U.S. territories and the District of Columbia through 2017.
Cover of the States of the States: Fuel Cells in America 2017 report.

Click  here for the full State of the States 2017 report.

Department of Energy Announces 2018 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Programs Awards at Annual Merit Review
On June 13, the United States Department of Energy presented Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Programs awards at their 2018 Annual Merit Review. The awards recognize contributions to the overall efforts of the Program and achievements in specific program areas.

The Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Awards awardees include:

  • Mark Ruth, Paige Jadun, Josh Eichman, Bryan Pivovar, Wesley Cole, James McCall, Elizabeth Connelly, and Nick Gilroy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Amgad Elgowainy, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Max Wei, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Richard Boardman and Rob Hovsapian, Idaho National Laboratory
  • Jeongwoo Han, ExxonMobil (formerly with Argonne National Laboratory)
  • Chris Ainscough, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Joel Reinbold, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology
  • Andrew Martinez, California Air Resources Board
  • Jean Baronas, California Energy Commission

Click  here for the full list of awardees from DOE, and more information on each recipient.
Upcoming Events

Regional Transportation and Climate Listening Session in New York City
Thursday, July 24, 2018 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Eisner & Lubin Auditorium | Kimmel Center for University Life | 60 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012

The participating Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) states invite you to engage in discussion on the economic and social considerations for deploying clean transportation strategies; how you or your organization could support and benefit from opportunities to enhance environmental and public health benefits through a modernized transportation system; how innovative, low-carbon transportation may enhance your quality of life or otherwise affect the competitiveness of your sector, business or community; and what policies and programs may help advance this vision.

Click here to register for this event. Please register to attend by July 17, 2018, as space is limited.
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Requests for Papers, Proposals, & Information

Pennsylvania Announces $5 Million to Support Alternative Fuel Transportation Initiatives
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently announced $5 million in funding for its Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) Program. AFIG can assist school districts, municipal authorities, nonprofits, corporations, LLCs, and partnerships registered to do business in Pennsylvania in offsetting the costs of implementing alternative fuel using transportation projects.

According to DEP, for new hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, applicants may request 100% of the incremental cost of the vehicle up to $40,000 per vehicle. This year's AFIG grants give priority to projects that include the use of emergency vehicles for response, rescue, and evacuation operations.

DEP will collect and review Applications received by 4 PM on Friday, July 13, 2018 and 4 PM on Friday, December 14, 2018. 

More information on applying to the AFIG Program can be found  here.

U.S. Department of Transportation Funding Opportunity - BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grant Program
The United States Department of Transportation (DOT), Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST) recently announced a funding opportunity for Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Discretionary Grants. For Fiscal Year 2018, $1.5 billion in funding is available for this grant program.

 Funds for the FY 2018 BUILD Transportation program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact.  Applications must be submitted by 8:00 p.m. E.D.T. on July 18, 2018. 

For more information, read the full Federal Register notice here.

Joint Forces Training Base - Los Alamitos, CA Energy Resilience Capabilities Project Opportunity
The Army Office of Energy Initiatives, Joint Forces Training Base - Los Alamitos (JFTB-LA), California National Guard, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are seeking competitive proposals regarding the lease of land at JFTB-LA for the development of an energy generation and resilience project. The project may include power generation assets, energy storage, and microgrid components to "island" JFTB-LA for a minimum of 14 days in the event of a grid disruption.

Proposals are due by July 20, 2018, 5:00 PM (PDT).  Click  here  to view the full RFP.

California Air Resources Board Requests Comments on Innovative Clean Transit Draft Regulation
The California Air Resources Board (CARB or Board) is developing strategies to transition the heavy-duty mobile source sector to zero and near-zero emission technologies to meet air quality, climate, and public health protection goals. The long-term vision of the Innovative Clean Transit (ICT) effort is to achieve a zero-emission transit system by 2040 as a key step in that transition. Transit agencies have been leaders in addressing air quality through their role in providing sustainable transportation options for the public, especially for their service to low-income and disadvantaged community residents. Transit agencies have also been at the forefront in the adoption of new technology to reduce emissions and in addressing barriers to their implementation.

The  proposed ICT regulation includes a transition to zero-emission technologies while
enhancing transit services. The proposal seeks to implement a long-term vision to
achieve a zero-emission transit system. It is structured to allow transit agencies to take
advantage of incentive programs by acting early. The proposal is intended to provide
flexibility and to encourage transit agencies to implement plans that are best suited for
their own situation. Key elements of the proposal include the following:

  • Transit agencies develop individual plans to transition to a zero-emission bus
  • (ZEB) fleet by 2040.
  • ZEB purchase minimums at the time new bus purchases are made.
  • A waiver of the initial ZEB purchase requirements for transit agencies if statewide
  • progress toward zero-emissions meets certain targets.
  • An option to implement innovative zero-emission mobility programs in lieu of ZEB
  • purchases as well as other flexibility options.
  • Purchase of renewable fuels when diesel or natural gas contracts are renewed.
  • Purchase of low NOx engines if available for conventional bus purchases.

Staff are also interested in comments regarding how to encourage early zero emission
bus infrastructure investments and expanding bicycle programs as part of the zero
emission mobility option.

All interested parties may submit comments on this draft summary by July 23, 2018. Click  here to submit a comment.

Department of Energy Seeks Feedback on Regulatory Barriers to Hydrogen Infrastructure
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) is issuing this Request for Information (RFI) on behalf of its Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Program (referred to herein as the “Program”) which includes coordinated activities across all offices within DOE that are engaged in hydrogen and fuel cell activities.

The Program seeks input on priority research and development (R&D) areas for reducing regulatory barriers to deployment of hydrogen technologies, with a particular focus on hydrogen infrastructure. In addition to a focus on transportation and streamlining private sector roll out of hydrogen fueling stations, the Program seeks input relating to large-scale hydrogen deployments for applications such as energy storage, grid services, hydrogen transport, natural gas blending or other end uses.

Based on the input received through this request for information, DOE will look to provide feedback to relevant agencies with regulatory authority.  The comment period for the RFI will close at 5:00pm (ET) on August 10, 2018.

Click  here for the full RFI from DOE.
NYSERDA Stationary Fuel Cell Program
NYSERDA’s Stationary Fuel Cell Program aims to quickly increase the amount of electricity produced by fuel cell systems in New York State. By providing $15 million over two years, NYSERDA will help facilities to reduce the upfront costs of installing and operating fuel cells and support commercially viable fuel cell systems that help lower greenhouse gas emissions.

NYSERDA will provide $7.5 million a year for two years for a total of $15 million to support new installations of stationary fuel cell systems at eligible sites. No system can receive more than $1 million from NYSERDA.

Incentives are divided into two main categories:
  • Total Base Incentives, which include base incentives determined by installed capacity, and grid independent incentives based on the capability for operating when there are outages
  • Bonus Incentives which are based on location of the site and whether the site is deemed to be critical infrastructure

Apply online using NYSERDA’s application portal. Applications close at 5 p.m. Eastern Time on December 31, 2019.

Click here for the full solicitation from NYSERDA.
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