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Photo of fuel cell plant at Santa Rita Jail.

A fuel cell plant produces half of Santa Rita Jail's energy needs.

Fuel Cell

Producing clean energy is a key strategy that helps Alameda County reduce greenhouse gas emissions. At the Santa Rita Jail, a 1 million square-foot facility that operates 24/7 and has large energy demands, the County installed a 1-megawatt fuel cell power plant. It was the first megawatt-class fuel cell in California and was certified by the California Air Resources Board as an ultra-clean distributed generator. The plant generates 50% of the Jail's electricity needs. In addition to providing electricity, it also produces heat used to pre-heat the Jail's hot water systems.