111 South Commons
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Restrooms Available: No
Visitors will be able to stand on the South Commons patio and look into an operating steam and chilled water district energy plant. Due to safety concerns with an operating plant, access inside the plant will not permitted. But NRG representatives will be onsite to detail the energy-making process at the plant. For 2018, the NRG South Commons patio also features a 200kW solid oxide fuel cell which converts the chemical energy from natural gas into electricity through an efficient and environmentally friendly electrochemical reaction instead of combustion.
District Energy plant was built by Equitable Gas Company in 1965 to produce steam and chilled water for Allegheny Center development (currently Nova Place).
Through the years Allegheny General Hospital, Community College of Allegheny County and PNC Park have been added to the system.
The plant still features two steam driven chillers in addition to four electric chillers. We also have two generations of cooling towers operating on the property just west of the annex building.