1. What is Cogeneration (Combined Heat & Power)?
2 What are the benefits of Cogeneration?
3. Is Cogeneration environmentally safe?
4. Is my facility a candidate for Cogeneration?
5. How will a Cogeneration System save me money?
6. Does Cogeneration replace my existing boiler system?
7. Will the Cogeneration System provide power during a blackout?
8. What happens if the system fails?
9. Can Cogeneration users sell electricity back to the utility company?
10. Is financing available?
11. Are there any tax credits or rebates for CHP users?

What is Cogeneration (Combined Heat & Power)?
Cogeneration (CHP) is the production of electricity and utilization of the waste heat produced. This process uses one source of fuel to produce two forms of energy: electricity and heat.


What are the benefits of Cogeneration?
The advantages of Cogeneration are lower electricity costs, lower thermal energy costs, increased power reliability, independence from outside suppliers and utility companies and high peak power prices, and conservation of our environmental resources. In addition to these benefits, there are energy rebates and tax incentives for qualified businesses.


Is Cogeneration environmentally safe?
Cogeneration is considered a green-building strategy. It is a low emission energy technology that is supported by the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.


Is my facility a candidate for Cogeneration?
Industries that benefit immediately by installing Cogeneration Systems include:
• Restaurants
• Fast Food Operations
• Hotels / Motels
• Schools / Universities
• Hospitals & Medical Clinics
• Convalescent Homes
• Retirement Facilities
• Apartments, Co-ops and Condominiums
• Industrial & Manufacturing Plants
• Health & Fitness Clubs & Resorts
• Recreation & Sporting Centers
• Commercial Laundry Facilities
• Commercial Office Buildings


How will a Cogeneration System save me money?
Cogeneration will save you money by lowering your energy costs and electric demand charges. CHP is 2-1/2 times more efficient than electric utility, which means the system is producing electricity for less than 50% of the electric cost, plus utilizing up to 90% of the waste heat as thermal energy for hot water, heating and/or cooling. You will increase your independence and rely less on your current electric power company. Most natural gas suppliers have reduced natural gas rates for customers with CHP. All Systems Cogeneration Inc. generates a Quarterly Savings Analysis for all our clients so they can see the value of their CHP investment.


Does Cogeneration replace my existing boiler system?
CHP works in conjunction with your existing boilers, and even extends the life of your system.


Will the Cogeneration System provide power during a blackout?
No, the main use of the Cogeneration System is not to provide back-up power. CHP works in conjunction with your electric utility to optimize efficiency and reduce monthly energy expenses by 30-60%.


What happens if the system fails?
If the Cogeneration System was not operating, the building would simply obtain energy in the normal manner from the utility. All of our systems are monitored 24 hours a day by a remote computer monitoring system, which enables us to diagnose and restart the units remotely, or dispatch field technicians for on-site repair.



Can Cogeneration users sell electricity back to the utility company?

It is possible but not recommended. To sell back energy to the utility requires additional relay protection gear, which drives up the price of the system and reduces the potential savings.



Is financing available?

Financing programs are available for all types of customers. Most programs will allow customers to finance systems and still provide a net savings on utility expenses.


Are there any tax credits or rebates for CHP users?
Many facilities qualify for energy rebates and tax incentives. Contact us to find out what specifically is available for you.


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