Leveraging Fuel Cell Technology to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Lower Energy Bills
ClearEdge Power, a manufacturer of scalable, continuous onsite power systems, today announced that Rogerâ€™s Gardens, a destination home and garden store in Californiaâ€™s Orange County, has deployed a ClearEdge fuel cell system to contribute to its energy efficiency and sustainability goals.
By leveraging a 15-kW ClearEdge system, Rogerâ€™s Gardens will be able to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by more than 40 percent each year. In addition, the ClearEdge system will help Rogerâ€™s Gardens reduce its annual energy bills through the efficient, onsite generation of electricity and heat.
â€œAs part of our holistic approach to sustainable business practices, we are constantly looking at new gardening techniques and green technologies that can help build a more beautiful Southern California,â€ said Gavin Herbert Jr., co-owner of Rogerâ€™s Gardens. â€œThe ClearEdge system delivers cost-effective clean energy that helps us increase efficiencies and reduce our environmental footprint. In addition, its compact design means it does not impact the consumer experience that has made our store a destination for home and garden enthusiasts for more than 35 years.â€
Known as â€œAmericaâ€™s Most Beautiful Home and Garden Center,â€ Rogerâ€™s Gardens has a strong commitment to the environment ranging from promoting sustainable plants and gardening practices to water conservation and energy efficiency programs. To build on that commitment while maintaining an overall aesthetic, including beautiful foliage and flowering plants, fountains and designer pottery, Rogerâ€™s Gardens selected the ClearEdge system. The high-efficiency fuel cell system will help power the facilityâ€™s operations and computer systems, while the heat generated as a byproduct of converting natural gas to electricity will be used to provide a reliable heat source for the nurseryâ€™s orchid area. This combination will help Rogerâ€™s Gardens eliminate 17.2 tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year and support the storeâ€™s energy independence.
â€œRogerâ€™s Gardens is another excellent example of how our systems can support an organizationâ€™s sustainability goals and reduce energy costs,â€ said Neal Starling, SVP, ClearEdge Power. â€œIn this case, our systems are part of an impressive range of environmentally friendly business practices and we are pleased to be able to help Rogerâ€™s Gardens power its operations in a clean, cost-effective and reliable way.â€
The implementation at Rogerâ€™s Gardens is part of a diverse group of West Coast organizations participating in an innovative project supported by the U.S. Department of Energyâ€™s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The project is designed to accelerate the application of fuel cell technologies in a variety of industries by demonstrating the significant environmental and cost savings delivered by combined heat and power fuel cell technologies. To verify the performance of the ClearEdge system at Rogerâ€™s Gardens, researchers at DOEâ€™s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) will analyze the technical, economic and environmental performance of the system.
About ClearEdge Power
ClearEdge Power provides distributed energy generation solutions to commercial, institutional and residential customers. The company designs, manufactures and sells a family of continuous onsite power systems that uses fuel cell technology to efficiently deliver predictable, clean and cost-effective power and heat. This enables customers to increase independence from the electricity grid, save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For more information, please visit http://www.clearedgepower.com.clearedge power, energy efficiency programs, environmental footprint, gardening techniques, greenhouse gas emissions, hillsboro oregon
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