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Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies
6 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2015
Commitments and Contingencies  
Commitments and Contingencies


15.  Commitments and Contingencies


Purchase Commitments


As of September 30, 2015, the Company had firm commitments to purchase inventories of approximately $25.9 million through Fiscal 2018. Certain inventory delivery dates and related payments are not firmly scheduled; therefore, amounts under these firm purchase commitments will be payable upon the receipt of the related inventories.


Lease Commitments


The Company leases offices and manufacturing facilities under various non-cancelable operating leases expiring at various times through the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020. All of the leases require the Company to pay maintenance, insurance and property taxes. The lease agreements for primary office and manufacturing facilities provide for rent escalation over the lease term and renewal options for five-year periods. Rent expense is recognized on a straight-line basis over the term of the lease. The difference between rent expense recorded and the amount paid is credited or charged to deferred rent, which is included in other long-term liabilities in the accompanying balance sheets. The balance of deferred rent was approximately $0.2 million as of each of September 30, 2015 and March 31, 2015. Rent expense was approximately $0.6 million during each of the three months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014. Rent expense was approximately $1.2 million during each of the six months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014.


Other Commitments


In September 2010, the Company was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) for the research, development and testing of a more efficient microturbine CHP system. Part of the improved efficiency will come from an improved microturbine design, with a projected electrical efficiency of 42% and power output of 370 kW. The contract was over a five-year period and was completed on September 2015. The project was estimated to cost approximately $11.7 million. The DOE was to contribute $5.0 million toward the project, and the Company was to incur approximately $6.7 million in research and development expense. The Company billed the DOE under the contract for this project a cumulative amount of $4.2 million through September 30, 2015.


In May 2014, the Company began working with the DOE through Oak Ridge National Laboratory (“ORNL”) on an advanced Alumina Forming Austenitic stainless steel material program. ORNL will contribute 100% of the $0.2 million project cost. The contract has a term of 27 months and is expected to be completed by July 31, 2016. The Company billed ORNL a cumulative amount of $0.1 million under the contract for this project through September 30, 2015.


The Company has agreements with certain of its distributors requiring that if the Company renders parts obsolete in inventories the distributors own and hold in support of their obligations to serve fielded microturbines, then the Company is required to replace the affected stock at no cost to the distributors. While the Company has never incurred costs or obligations for these types of replacements, it is possible that future changes in the Company’s product technology could result and yield costs to the Company if significant amounts of inventory are held at distributors. As of September 30, 2015, no significant inventories were held at distributors.


Legal Matters


From time to time, the Company may become subject to certain legal proceedings, claims and litigation arising in the ordinary course of business. In the opinion of management, the Company is not currently a party to any material legal proceedings, nor is the Company aware of any other pending or threatened litigation that would have a material effect on the Company’s operating results, cash flows, financial position or results of operations should such litigation be resolved unfavorably.