The plant will be located next to the athletic centre at Trinity College in Hertford, Connecticut and will generate power and steam for around 2200 students.
Under a power purchase agreement (PPA), the college will pay for the plant’s output as it is produced, with no capital investment.
The deal is expected to save the college around 30 per cent in energy costs per year. The plant also supports future plans for a campus microgrid, FuelCell Energy said.
Dan Hitchell, vice-president for finance and operations at the college, said: “Trinity is committed to enhancing environmental awareness, responsibility, and sustainability throughout our College community and this on-site fuel cell power solution is a first step.”