The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) recently took the first step toward reaching New York Governor George Pataki’s goal of supplying 25% of the state’s electricity with alternative energy within 10 years with an announcement that it would buy 45 fuel cells this year.

The fuel cells, which will come from Plug Power, Inc., will be divided between LIPA’s West Babylon fuel cell demonstration site and 20 residences, where they will be used for heat and power.

In the past, LIPA has also installed fuel cells at commercial locations on Long Island, including Hofstra University and the West Babylon train station.