Solutions was contracted by the County of Bergen to develop and
oversee the installation of a combined heat and power plant at the
Bergen County Correctional facility located in Hackensack, New
Solutions evaluated a number of options for a cogeneration
installation for the plant. Based on the electric and thermal loads
at the site, Metro Energy recommended the installation of a 1300 kW
cogeneration plant utilizing a natural gas engine. Maximum recovery
will be made of the waste heat from the engines. The new gas engine
generator will operate in parallel with the local utility source,
therefore, the new generator switchgear will provide a highly
reliable source of power, having both the utility and the engine
generator connected to it.
Based on the Metro
Energy design the new cogeneration plant will save approximately
$12.5 million over the course of running the plant for 25 years
while adding an additional level of redundancy. In addition, Metro
Energy applied for and received a grant of $800,000 under the NJ
Clean Energy program to help offset the cost of building the plant.
assisted the County of Bergen in selecting a contractor through a
RFP process. The cogeneration plant went on line producing both
electric and thermal energy in March 2006.