DANBURY, Conn., and SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Bloom Energy, mall owner Macerich, and WGL, through its subsidiary, Washington Gas Energy Systems, have announced that a Bloom Energy fuel cell will power Danbury Fair Mall in Connecticut. The 750 kW fuel cell will provide the 1.3 million-square-foot mall with clean, reliable energy while reducing the carbon emissions of the facility by nearly 3 million pounds each year.
“Danbury Fair is committed to creating long-term value by improving our natural resource efficiency, and operating and developing the center in a sustainable and environmentally sound manner,” said Maura Ruby, senior property manager, Danbury Fair Mall. “Installing clean energy technology at Danbury Fair also aligns with our commitments to our retailers, our partners, the community, and the sustainable plan that Macerich is implementing across the vast portfolio.”
Established in 2008, Macerich’s sustainability program focuses on energy efficiency, water conservation, sustainable real estate development and redevelopment, waste management, and green operational practices and procurement.
“Macerich has a comprehensive sustainability plan which focuses on efficient and environmentally friendly operating practices throughout our company,” said Jeff Bedell, vice president of sustainability at Macerich. “Our success to date has shown that environmental and financial goals are not mutually exclusive and this project will enhance the reliability of our operations, improve cost predictability, and contribute to a healthy environment for our employees, retailers, guests, and communities.”
Bloom Energy said its solid oxide fuel cell technology generates electricity through a highly efficient electrochemical process and provides clean, onsite energy. The project was financed in partnership with Washington Gas Energy Services and the Connecticut LREC (Low-emission Renewable Energy Certificate) Program.
“A key strategy for Washington Gas Energy Systems is the continued investment in clean energy throughout Connecticut, and the Danbury Fair is the latest project in which we have played an important role,” said Sanjiv Mahan, vice president of business development for Washington Gas Energy Systems. “We are proud to partner on another successful endeavor with Bloom Energy, as we continue to invest in clean energy solutions as part of our expanding diversified energy portfolio.”
“The state of Connecticut has been a strong proponent of clean energy and with 18 Bloom Energy projects installed or underway, we are excited to contribute to the state’s ambitious energy goals,” said Bill Kurtz, chief financial officer of Bloom Energy.
For more information, visit www.bloomenergy.com.
Publication date: 11/24/2014