Fuel Cell Experiment to Power Homes

At an announcement during a national meeting on hydrogen fuel cell technology in Columbia, S.C., a developer of new homes in solar energya subdivision in Aiken, S.C. will use fuel cell technology to power homes.

 The initial phase of the Ridge at Chukker Creek development will use fuel cell technology in 75 energy efficient units along with solar panels to provide for most of the power needs, even on cloudy days and at night. The houses will still be connected to the power grid as a backup and excess power will be sold to the utility.

 The monthly utility savings are expected to offset the additional monthly mortgage costs of the technology investment.

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