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Tecogen installations prove CHP is a good fit for school systems looking to conserve both energy and cash

Tecogen is going back to school.

As educational facilities open the doors on another school year, Tecogen is once again proving the math and science of Combined Heat and Power is the right answer for school districts looking to conserve energy and save on fuel costs.

Over 30 schools - including Danbury High School, Hotchkiss, and Harvard - take advantage of Tecogen’ efficient cost saving technology today with several new schools slated to join the list shortly. Tecogen’s induction-based CM-75 combined heat and power (CHP) units will be installed in three different schools in and around New York and New Jersey, a state university in New England, and a large, multi-unit installation for a school district in Long Island.

“Cogeneration equipment makes a lot of sense for educational facilities,” said Benjamin Locke, Tecogen’s Co-Chief Executive Officer. “For a school district focused on budgeting, this type of energy efficient equipment helps free valuable resource dollars that can be redirected toward a school’s core mission of education.”

Combined Heat and Power (CHP), also known as cogeneration, is an efficient, clean, and reliable technology which simultaneously generates electricity and thermal energy from a single fuel source. By installing a CHP system designed to meet the thermal (heating and cooling needs) and electrical base loads of a school, CHP technology can greatly increase the facility’s operational efficiency and decrease energy costs. Similarly, because of their hyper-efficient use of fuel – CHP systems can cut a building’s energy-related carbon footprint in half.

“In addition – the educational value of installing this sort of equipment in a learning institution is unparalleled,” added Mr. Locke. “Students can monitor the equipment in real time, calculate the savings and budget benefit, evaluate the environmental impact of the reduced emissions, and even quantify the equipment’s impact on the school’s carbon footprint. From a teaching perspective, demonstrating that you can save money while being environmentally friendly is a powerful lesson.”

For the upcoming New York / New Jersey installations, the Tecogen CM-75 units will provide electrical power for the schools and supplement various onsite heating systems, resulting in a significant cost savings to the school districts as well as reduced carbon footprint. Fitted with Tecogen’s unique and patented Ultera technology, emissions of harmful criteria pollutants that contribute to health and smog problems (including nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons - NOx, CO and HCs respectively) are reduced to near-zero levels – minimizing air quality concerns for sensitive environments such as educational facilities.

With an average payback period of 2-5 years and average annual savings of $40,000-50,000 for an education facility, cogeneration is worth serious consideration. For a free site assessment to see if your school could benefit from clean reliable power please visit:

New CHP Incentive in NY

Are you leaving money on the table? Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) Long Island, is now offering incentives for building owners and facilities managers to consider the benefits of Combined Heat and Power.

For those looking to reduce energy costs and/or comply with environmental mandates, it helps to know that support is available. Both federal and state governments have recognized the proven benefits of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and are actively offering financial incentives to install these high-efficiency systems.

The PSEG Long Island incentives range from $500 to $1850 per kW, topping out at 70% of the total cost of the project. There is also a co-funding opportunity for engineering studies up to $100,000.

CHP is a viable option for a variety of facilities, from healthcare and assisted living facilities, to recreational and multi-residential complexes, and hotels. There are also institutional, educational, and industrial facility applications.

From Alabama to Utah, individual states are developing programs and offering incentives to support CHP initiatives.

Tecogen has over 20 years of experience in helping clients secure funding to achieve their energy efficiency goals.

For more information on how to apply for the PSEG LI Incentive, or to identify incentive programs in your state, contact our experts today at (781) 466-6400 or email

TTcogen Heating up CHP Market—Residential & Education Buildings Win Big

Just a few short months after arriving on the U.S. clean power scene, TTcogen - the joint venture of combined heat and power (CHP) experts Tecogen Inc. and TEDOM a.s. - is already making waves in the industry. The company’s portfolio ranging from 35kW up to 4 MW for efficient power, heating and cooling is resonating well with east coast customers so far.

“The expert sales team has already won orders for two Micro series units – a demonstration of the strong market demand for our compact products,” said Jiri Jansa, TTcogen Managing Director.

The first TEDOM Micro T35 kW combined heat and power (CHP) unit sold by the joint venture is slated to be installed in a 138 unit multi-family residential building in Brooklyn, NY. With a less than 3 year payback period after incentive rebates and annual savings estimated to be in excess of $60,000, the Micro 35 kW unit is a natural fit for this building. In addition, the Micro T35’s blackstart capability allows the unit to provide power in a blackout, improving building resiliency and offering residents peace of mind they will never be left in the dark.

In a completely different application, the second unit sold, a Micro T55kw unit, will be installed in an elementary school in New Jersey. Benjamin Locke, Tecogen Co-CEO and TTcogen Managing Director noted, “Our engineering expertise and strong collaborative relationship with the installation contractor allowed the customer to save nearly $100,000 on this installation – a real win when considering the budget constraints of most schools. That is valuable budget money that can be re-directed toward the school’s core mission of education.”

From the Czech Republic, TEDOM spent 25 years pioneering the manufacture of equipment designed for the effective and environmentally friendly utilization of energy fuel resources. Similar to Tecogen’s long history of cogeneration innovation, TEDOM has refined the packaged CHP concept in Europe. To find out if efficient CHP is right for your building please visit or contact us for a free Site Assessment.