Micro turbines are not powered by wind, but by natural GAS! A CoGeneration story.

Micro turbine NATURAL GAS waste heat recovery… not wind.

If your facility pays 12 cents per kilowatt hour or more, a micro turbine may lower your costs to five, six, seven, or eight cents per kilowatt hour.  And that’s just the beginning.

Micro turbines are an excellent augment to existing solar installations where your energy offset is not entirely met, and where solar cannot satisfy your process heat demands.  Micro turbines produce electricity and waste heat co-generation, called combined heat and power, using natural gas to create electricity, and then recycling electrical waste heat back into heat process functions for your facility.  Examples include boilers, steam, chillers, refrigeration, HVAC, and VOC destruction. 

Micro turbines are CARB certified, environmentally friendly technology for low emission, ease of permitting, including short lead times and rapid project deployment.  With the enactment of the California Assembly bill AB32 “Carbon Credit Tax”, now more than ever, CHP technology is finding a place in reducing factory emissions.   Please note the “fracking” laws are being investigated and it is my hope that  environmental protection laws will be instituted to protect  the Marcellus Shale formations and the families and communities that live on or around them.

Micro turbines provide for 24/7 island-energy emergency power backup for uninterrupted power supply, letting you do away with costly, noisy, and polluting diesel and/or gas generators.  Micro turbines often present paybacks between three to five years before incentives and two to four years after incentives.  Self generation incentives are now available at 60 cents per watt for natural gas and $2.25 per watt for biogas.

Micro turbines are compact and can be ganged together in areas where space is limited;  One C-65 kilowatt system is a size of a Sub Zero refrigerator. 

And lastly, as far as finance schemes are concerned, no capital expenditure is required with a micro turbine lease or “Power Purchase Agreement”.  PPAs are not loans, but an agreement to purchase power from a privately owned energy producer.  Natural gas prices are falling, and legislative policy makers are ensuring natural gas extraction is on par with environmentally safe practices.  Because micro turbines have substantially better payback, cash flow, return on investment, and internal rate of return compared to solar PV and fuel cell, there’s no need to bolster their investment appeal with tax credits as they pencil out as excellent investments on their own. 

Article written by Jennifer Coleman of Sun Source Solar Energy Brokers, providing solar brokering, brokerage, and solar energy consulting services in Santa Rosa, Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Solano and San Francisco Counties.  For more information, please visit

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