The University of Bridgeport has received $2.2 million in funding from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to help power buildings and on campus that could potentially be used as emergency shelters for the community, campus officials announced today.

Power will be provided to campus buildings, including Marina Dining Hall, Wheeler Recreation Center, the Cox Student Center, the campus security station and two residence halls via a 1.4 megawatt fuel cell power plant located on campus.

“This funding will give the University of Bridgeport the resiliency to provide resources to our mutual aid partners in times of emergency,” said Vice President of Facilities George Estrada. “In the spirit of our partnerships in the greater Bridgeport community, the grant will further support the services we are able to provide first responders, other institutions of higher education and the surrounding community in times of significant need.”

Created under Public Act 12-148, DEEP’s Microgrid Pilot Program aims to keep critical buildings open powered in the event that electrical grids go down. Microgrids provide around-the-clock electricity to critical facilities and town centers.
Media contact: Leslie Geary, (2030 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu