$422,500 in grant money supplies Fairfield with new energy system, expected to save $50,000 a year in costs

Today, Fairfield Police Department unveiled a new gas fired 50 kilo-watt tri-generation system. The tri-generation system provides heat, cooling, hot water, and electricity for the police headquarters.

The system — which will provide electricity, heating and cooling — is entirely grant-funded, and will operate 24 hours a day, 265 days a year.

The generator is a bargain for the local taxpayer as the $422,500 capital cost was financed by an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) block grant ($400,000) from the federal government and funding from the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control ($22,500).

The unit is expected to save Fairfield about $50,000 a year in electric bills after costs are paid.

“This co-generation system has two-fold benefits for the town, both environmentally and fiscally,” First Selectman Mike Tetreau said. “We not only save thousands of dollars on energy bills, but we also significantly lower our carbon footprint.”

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