Bloom Energy and telecom giant AT&T said Tuesday that the cleantech startup would install its fuel cell-powered Energy Servers — known colloquially as “Bloom Boxes” — at eleven facilities in California.
The AT&T facilities include sites in Corona, Fontana, Hayward, Pasadena, Redwood City, Rialto, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Jose and San Ramon.
The units are expected to provide 7.5 megawatts of energy for AT&T, reducing its carbon emissions footprint for the facilities involved by half, or about 250 million pounds of CO2 per year.
For AT&T, it’s a chance to use a buzzworthy cleantech company in its overall corporate sustainability initiative to use more renewable energy as part of its portfolio. (The company also has 19 solar deployments slated for 2011.)
As we wrote back in January, the key to Bloom’s success lies in its business model, in which it pays for installation and hardware upfront in exchange for profits from a fixed rate on power produced.
For the AT&T deal, the Bloom Boxes are expected to produce more than 62 million kilowatt-hours of electricity each year, enough to power some 5,600 homes.
Installation of the boxes is scheduled to begin later this year; the plan is to have them fully operational by mid-2012.
Photo: Bloom Boxes at Caltech. (Bloom Energy)
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