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Capstone Microturbines to Convert Biogas Into Heat and Power for Irvine Water Recycling Plant

CHATSWORTH, Calif., March 4, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today that it received an order to upgrade the Irvine Ranch Water District’s Michelson Water Recycling Plant in Irvine, California with five C200 microturbines.

Regatta Solutions Inc., Capstone’s distributor in California, secured the order, which is expected to be commissioned in early 2016. Once commissioned, the microturbines will cleanly and effectively operate on the biogas, or “green waste”, produced on-site from digestion of biosolids.

Capstone microturbines will be installed in a grid connect configuration to provide electricity to the recycling plant in parallel with the local utility. The site will include a biogas conditioning skid to compress the plant’s biogas for use in the microturbine engines. The microturbines are deployed in a combined heat and power (CHP) configuration. The exhaust from the microturbines will be captured using heat exchangers to provide hot water for process heating the plant, thus reducing the need for natural gas and providing the highest system efficiency possible.

The Irvine Ranch Water District serves Central Orange County under the provisions of the State of California Water Code. The district provides high-quality drinking water, reliable wastewater collection and treatment, recycled water programs, and environment-friendly urban runoff treatment.

The Irvine Ranch Water District chose Capstone microturbines over reciprocating engines for their ability to meet local building and air emissions requirements as well as their proven field experience and service support. Capstone microturbines also meet SCAQMD BACT emissions levels that allow for a streamlined air emissions permitting process.

“Capstone microturbines offer redundancy and the ability to be sequenced to load follow automatically based on gas availability and the electrical loads at the site,” said Jim Crouse, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Capstone Turbine. “With Capstone microturbines, businesses are able to reduce operational expenditures while simultaneously helping their local community,” added Crouse.

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Capstone to Upgrade Top Northern California Brewery With Two C1000 Microturbines

CHATSWORTH, Calif., March 2, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today that it received an order for two C1000 microturbines to upgrade a top Northern California brewery.

Regatta Solutions, Capstone’s distributor in California, secured the order, which is expected to be commissioned later this year.  Two Capstone C1000 microturbines will replace the aging natural gas fuel cells currently powering the California brewery. Capstone microturbines can seamlessly meet changing facility demands and are flexible enough to allow for irregular daily load profiles, which effectively maximizes efficiency and reduces operating costs.

“The brewery, like many of our clients, vetted multiple technologies, including traditional reciprocating engines. However, the Capstone solution presented the best option, offering a clean emission technology to act as the base load for a smart grid installation,” said Steven Acevedo, President and CEO at Regatta Solutions.

The two Megawatt combined heat and power (CHP) system will be integrated with the existing solar PV system in a microgrid application to provide reliable on-site power and the ability to export any excess power generated. In addition, thermal energy from the microturbine exhaust will be captured through cogeneration and transferred to heat exchangers to provide space heating and hot water.

With Capstone’s patented emission technology, operations at the brewery will meet the state of California’s stringent emissions standards without the need for expensive and unreliable exhaust after treatment equipment. The units will be commissioned in a CHP heat recovery configuration so the plant’s total system efficiency will exceed 80 percent.

“Businesses are continuously looking for ways to enhance their core processes and become more energy efficient, reduce costs and be good stewards of the environment,” said Jim Crouse, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Capstone Turbine. “Capstone microturbines are the ideal solution, helping businesses achieve energy independence by providing clean, reliable power at a lower cost than the utility,” added Crouse.

About Regatta Solutions, Inc. www.regattasp.com
Regatta Solutions enables success for a cleaner tomorrow. Under the leadership of President and CEO, Steven Acevedo, Regatta Solutions is the exclusive Capstone Distributor covering California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. The company provides solutions for oil and gas, data centers, hospitality, manufacturing, healthcare, food and beverage production, property management, landfills, digesters, waste water treatment, and utilities. Superb after-market service is available with Capstone’s “bumper to bumper” Factory Protection Plan. Regatta Solutions is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Combined Heat and Power Partnership, which is committed to improving the efficiency of the nation’s energy infrastructure and reducing emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases.

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Steven Acevedo and Peter Moore to Present on Distributed Generation at EUEC, Monday February 16

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Steven Acevedo, President and CEO, Regatta Solutions, Inc.

Peter Moore, Principle Engineer, Yorke Engineering, LLC.

Peter Moore, Principle Engineer, Yorke Engineering, LLC.

The Energy, Utility, and Environment Conference, or EUEC 2015, will hold its 18th annual conference at the San Diego Convention Center on February 16-18, 2015. The event features nine tracks on environment and energy security projects and technologies.

The Renewable Energy track features five sections on distributed generation. Peter Moore, Principle Engineer at Yorke Engineering, and Steven Acevedo, President and CEO of Regatta Solutions, will present a session on Microturbine Distributed Generation and Permitting Update.

Topics include:

  • CARB distributed generation certification regulation
  • Permitting components
  • Emission limits
  • Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) HRA guidelines
  • Average project payback times
  • Incentive programs
  • Project sizing
  • Overcoming hurdles to permitting, logistics, and financing.

 

For questions regarding the presentation or meeting at the conference, contact Michelle Haynes, Director of Marketing for Regatta Solutions, at (949) 350-5335 or MHaynes @ RegattaSP.com.


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USA EPA Awards Emission Reduction Certificate to Capstone for Reducing 3,060,000 Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide.

Capstone Turbine Receives 2013 Emissions Reduction Certificate From the US EPA Combined Heat and Power Partnership
CHATSWORTH, Calif., March 20, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today that it recently received an emissions reduction certificate from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Combined Heat and Power EPA, CHP, Emission Reduction, Energy compliance, green house Gas, alternative energy, green energy, power generation, grid, independent, energy solutions regatta solutions,Partnership.Capstone Turbine, through its U.S. distribution partners, has installed 471 combined heat and power, or CHP, systems that have avoided an estimated 3,060,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, compared to conventional energy sources. CHP is the simultaneous generation of electricity and useful heat. In 2013 alone, Capstone’s customers avoided emissions of more than 298,000 metric tons, equal to those from the generation of electricity used annually by 40,955 homes. CHP applications can achieve overall efficiencies in excess of 80%, which is far better than the electrical efficiency of the national utility grid.In August 2012, the President issued an Executive Order calling for an acceleration of investment in industrial energy efficiency, specifically CHP. The government called for 40 gigawatts of CHP to be installed by 2020, recognizing the need to promote energy independence via distributed generation to reduce the reliance on the national grid. Meeting this goal would save American businesses $10 billion each year and also reduce emissions equivalent to taking 25 million cars off the road.

“Capstone customers can be greener, produce power at a lower cost than the grid, and achieve energy independence with CHP, making it the clear choice moving forward,” said Jim Crouse, Capstone Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

“Capstone is proud to be awarded a 2013 Certificate of Avoided GHG Emissions by the EPA Combined Heat and Power Partnership,” said Darren Jamison, Capstone President and Chief Executive Officer. “This certificate is awarded in recognition of Capstone’s achievement in reducing carbon pollution with CHP projects. Capstone remains committed to being a leader in the combined heat and power industry as the world moves towards more efficient and lower emission power generation methods to meet the growing demand for energy,” Jamison added.

View the EPA certificate: http://www.capstoneturbine.com/news/mediaeventsdetail.asp?id=44

About Capstone Turbine Corporation

Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST) is the world’s leading producer of low-emission microturbine systems and was the first to market commercially viable microturbine energy products. Capstone Turbine has shipped approximately 7,000 Capstone Microturbine systems to customers worldwide. These award-winning systems have logged millions of documented runtime operating hours. Capstone Turbine is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Combined Heat and Power Partnership, which is committed to improving the efficiency of the nation’s energy infrastructure and reducing emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases. A UL-Certified ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certified company, Capstone is headquartered in the Los Angeles area with sales and/or service centers in the New York Metro Area, United Kingdom, Mexico City, Shanghaiand Singapore.

The Capstone Turbine Corporation logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=6212

This press release contains “forward-looking statements,” as that term is used in the federal securities laws, about the advantages of our CHP applications. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as “expects,” “objective,” “intend,” “targeted,” “plan” and similar phrases. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties described in Capstone’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission that may cause Capstone’s actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied in such statements. Capstone cautions readers not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. Capstone undertakes no obligation, and specifically disclaims any obligation, to release any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

“Capstone” and “Capstone MicroTurbine” are registered trademarks of Capstone Turbine Corporation. All other trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

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Capstone Further Penetrates Pharmaceutical Market With 2MW Combined Heat and Power Application in Northern California

Clean energy, Combined heat and power, Bloom, Techogen, CHP, Clean tech, LEED, Green Energy, off the grid, pharmaceutical, san francisco, energy solutions, regatta solutions, Capstone, Microturbines, Alternative energy, wind, solar, efficiency, utility savings, peak power shaving, energy demand, energy costs, reduce, natural gasm dual mode, megawatts, MW CHATSWORTH, Calif., Dec. 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today it received an order for two C1000 microturbines for use in a combined heat and power application at a pharmaceutical facility in Northern California.

Regatta Solutions INC, Capstone Turbine Corporation’s west coast distributor, partnered with Energy Systems Development to satisfy the electrical and thermal demands of the pharmaceutical facility in Northern California. The Capstone C1000 microturbines operate in dual mode, meaning they can run in parallel with or separate from the electric utility grid. This ensures the facility has secure and reliable power even during grid outages with no operational downtime. Dual mode operation also provides the benefit of peak shaving, which reduces utility costs during peak hours. Additionally, the exhaust from the microturbines will be captured to provide steam and hot water to the entire facility, raising the overall efficiency of the combined heat and power system to almost 90%.

“It was a pleasure working with the Energy Systems Development team on this opportunity. This project is another example of smart power application of Capstone’s product offering in delivering high energy availability and operationally efficient energy solutions to manufacturers,” said Steven Acevedo, President and CEO of Regatta Solutions.

Energy Systems Development, an engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance company based in Northern California, has been developing the site, which is planned for commissioning in March 2014, for three years. When the need for an energy solution that could provide secure power separate from the grid and reduce operational costs during peak hours arose, Capstone microturbines were the clear choice. According to Stu Chang, President and CEO of Energy Systems Development, “I think that our engineering team, with help from a real world integrator like Regatta Solutions, has created a blueprint for the future of cogeneration. No longer do you have to make a choice between stand alone or grid connect, you can have it all.” Capstone microturbines, in combination with Energy Systems Development’s cutting edge design of heat recovery units and rotary UPSs, create a truly mission critical power plant that enhances facility operations and cuts utility costs.

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Linda Sánchez Launches Clean Energy Jobs Plan

Subject: Linda Sánchez Launches Clean Energy Jobs Plan

For Immediate Release, November 8, 2011
Contact: Adam Hudson, 202-225-6676

Linda Sánchez Launches Clean Energy Jobs Plan
Congresswoman Unveils Tax Reform Plan to Create Jobs in Southern California During Tour of World’s Leading Microturbine Company

news_CA-Sanchez-CapstoneChatsworth, CA – Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-39) today unveiled a creative plan to create jobs and promote American energy efficiency and independence by announcing the “American Microturbine Manufacturing and Clean Energy Deployment Act” (H.R. 3394). The recently introduced legislation would give producers of microturbine technology the same tax credits other renewable and fuel cell technologies receive. Microturbines are clean energy systems that provide a low-emission, uninterrupted power supply and help control energy costs.

“This legislation builds on the great American tradition of innovation and manufacturing, but, most importantly, it will help our country create new high-paying jobs,” said Congresswoman Sánchez. “On top of that, this bill helps promote investment in the clean energy economy and reduces air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Microturbines produce efficient thermal energy and clean electrical power, and it’s about time that microturbine technology joins solar power and wind power in the national conversation for clean energy solutions.”

The “American Microturbine Manufacturing and Clean Energy Deployment Act” would amend the current tax code to establish a 30% investment tax credit for microturbines, putting it on par with other renewable technologies. By advancing smart tax policy and smart regulations to help businesses expand and grow, H.R. 3394 would enable American microturbine producers to triple their domestic manufacturing. Industry experts estimate that this tax credit could create over 2,000 new jobs almost immediately. Additionally, enough new microturbines could be put into use during the first year of the tax credit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 170,000 tons of Carbon Dioxide.

Congresswoman Sánchez unveiled her clean energy jobs plan during a tour of Capstone Turbine Corporation’s facilities in Chatsworth, CA. Capstone manufactures low-emission microturbine systems, which are used by companies, hospitals, landfills, manufacturers, oil-and-gas sites and more across California and worldwide.

“Capstone Turbine Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer of clean microturbine energy systems. We are honored to host Congresswoman Sanchez at our factory today, and we applaud her support for American manufacturing, clean energy, and energy efficiency,” said Darren Jamison, President and CEO of Capstone Turbine Corporation. “H.R. 3394 will grow the domestic market for microturbines, which today are manufactured almost exclusively in the United States, but are sold predominantly overseas. If this bill passes, more American businesses will be able to generate their own electricity and thermal energy onsite, saving those businesses money but also strengthening energy security and reducing pollution.”

Microturbines are an American-invented technology. 90% of the world’s microturbines are manufactured right in the United States. Additionally, microturbines can reach 90% energy efficiency.

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AQMD, SCE Dedicate Low-Emission Equipment to Help Power Catalina Island

February 13, 2013
Source: South Coast AQMD

Microturbines reduce diesel fuel usage by 200,000 gallons annually

news_Catalina-AQMD-SCERepresentatives from the South Coast AQMD and Southern California Edison today will dedicate 23 propane-fueled electrical generating units at the Edison power station near Avalon to help reduce air pollution and cut diesel fuel use on Catalina Island.

“These microturbines are helping to reduce smog-forming pollutants and diesel particulates from Catalina’s power plant,” said William A. Burke, Ed.D., AQMD’s Chairman. “This will help improve air quality not only on Catalina but also on the mainland as prevailing winds can carry pollutants onshore.”

The addition of the microturbines to Southern California Edison’s electric system on Catalina Island provides approximately 1.5 megawatts in capacity, while reducing the consumption of diesel fuel by 200,000 gallons annually, said Caroline Choi, Southern California Edison’s vice president for regulatory policy.

“We are pleased to celebrate the dedication of 23 microturbines,” Choi said. “The microturbines allow SCE to operate its diesel engines in an optimal manner for the installed emissions reduction equipment.”

AQMD provided the 60-kilowatt microturbines to Edison and they became operational at SCE’s Pebbly Beach generating station in December 2011. Prior to that time, diesel engines provided 100 percent of electricity generated on Catalina.

In 2012, use of the microturbines reduced diesel fuel consumption at the power plant by 200,000 gallons, or about 10 percent. This in turn reduced smog-forming nitrogen oxide emissions from the facility by about 8 percent and diesel particulate matter by about 9.5 percent.

In addition to reducing air pollution and diesel fuel usage, the microturbines supplement electrical power and help offset peak power loads on the island. Last year, the microturbines generated 2.5 million kilowatt-hours of energy or about nine percent of the total power produced on the island.

Since 2001, AQMD has deployed 210 similar microturbines throughout the Southland. Microturbines, fueled by natural gas or propane as well as renewable biogas from landfills and wastewater facilities, can provide clean, alternative power to distributed generation projects that are not connected to the power grid.

AQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

 

 

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Microturbines Eligible for California's Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP)

CHATSWORTH, Calif., Sep 20, 2011 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) — Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world’s leading clean-technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today that microturbines are now eligible for California’s Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), an incentive program designed to promote the deployment of distributed generation technologies that reduce greenhouse gases.

news_Sempra-NewMexicoUnder the program, which was modified by a California Public Utilities Commission decision published on September 16, microturbines used in renewable projects are eligible for up to $3,000 per kilowatt. Natural gas-fired microturbines used in combined heat and power (CHP) systems are eligible for up to $600 per kilowatt. Incentives will be paid fifty percent initially with the balance paid over a 5-year period.

Capstone products are eligible for an additional premium of 20% as California manufactured products, thanks to a provision of the legislation (California Senate Bill 412) that ushered in the changes to SGIP.

Natural gas powered systems will need to demonstrate greenhouse gas reductions over a 10 year period. The Public Utilities Commission requires a strict and ongoing monitoring, measuring and verification process in order to prove emissions performance. Not all Capstone natural gas CHP systems will be able to qualify for the program.

Additionally, waste heat generators are also eligible for incentives under the SGIP, qualifying for up to $1,250 per kilowatt. Capstone is the exclusive Original Equipment Manufacturer (“OEM”) partner with General Electric to sell the zero emission Clean Cycle waste heat recovery generator for all microturbine applications and for landfill applications below 500 kilowatts.

The SGIP will now require projects to have a 10-year factory warranty in place in order to be eligible for incentives. Capstone’s Factory Protection Plan allows customers to fix their maintenance costs over a customized time frame and provide optimal performance over the life of the system.

“Capstone is very pleased to see its products included in this valuable incentive program,” said Jim Crouse, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Capstone products are a valuable tool in the fight against both climate change and air pollution.”

“Microturbine projects in California have favorable economics without incentives,” said Steve Acevedo, President of Regatta Energy Solutions, Capstone’s Southern California distributor. “However, some customers were waiting for clarity from the state in order to proceed with their projects, and now they can move forward.”

In addition to the decision, the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 1150 on September 10, allowing SGIP money to be raised for an additional three years through 2014. The program collects $83 million annually from ratepayers through their electricity bills, with the average cost to the ratepayer of less than $5 per year. The SGIP will operate until 2016.

About Capstone Turbine Corporation

Capstone Turbine Corporation ( www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST) is the world’s leading producer of low-emission microturbine systems, and was the first to market commercially viable microturbine energy products. Capstone Turbine has shipped over 6,000 Capstone MicroTurbine(R) systems to customers worldwide. These award-winning systems have logged millions of documented runtime operating hours. Capstone Turbine is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Combined Heat and Power Partnership, which is committed to improving the efficiency of the nation’s energy infrastructure and reducing emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases. A UL-Certified ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certified company; Capstone is headquartered in the Los Angeles area with sales and/or service centers in the New York Metro Area, Mexico City, Nottingham, Shanghai and Singapore.

The Capstone Turbine Corporation logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=6212

This press release contains “forward-looking statements,” as that term is used in the federal securities laws, about increased sales of our products under the incentive program, the advantages of our products and their use with the General Electric Clean Cycle package. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as “expects,” “objective,” “intend,” “targeted,” “plan” and similar phrases. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties described in Capstone’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission that may cause Capstone’s actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied in such statements. Capstone cautions readers not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. Capstone undertakes no obligation, and specifically disclaims any obligation, to release any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

“Capstone” and “Capstone MicroTurbine” are registered trademarks of Capstone Turbine Corporation. All other trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

This news release was distributed by GlobeNewswire, www.globenewswire.com

SOURCE: Capstone Turbine Corporation