Westin S.F. Hotel Installing Fuel Cell Electric Power Plant

by | Feb 5, 2007

Alliance Star Energy, a joint venture between FuelCell Energy and Alliance Power, has received a $1.25 million incentive check from Pacific Gas and Electric Company to help pay for a fuel cell electric power plant at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Westin San Francisco Airport Hotel in San Mateo, California.

The power plant from FuelCell Energy will generate 500 kilowatts of energy by converting fuel into hydrogen, hot water and electricity. The Westin’s Direct FuelCell units will generate approximately 100 percent of the hotel’s electricity requirements. Surplus heat from the power plant will be captured to provide 40 percent of the hotel’s thermal requirements for hot water and heating the swimming pool.

PG&E helped finance these clean energy projects through its self-generation incentive program. The program offers cash incentives to help offset the upfront costs associated with renewable energy power generation systems.

The Westin San Francisco Airport Hotel’s fuel cell electric generator is a result of a long term Master Energy Service Agreement between the hotel’s holding company, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc., and Alliance Star Energy.

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