HARRISBURG, July 12, 2011— State Senator Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) announced today that UO Real Estate, LLC, a division of Urban Outfitters, Inc. has received a $1.3 million state grant to install a fuel cell system that would run off natural gas and cut the company’s electricity usage in half.

Farnese added that the project will be the first all-electric fuel cell installation in Pennsylvania.  The project will result in an annual cost savings of approximately $407,949.

“Clean energy innovation is increasingly becoming a top priority throughout the country and here in Pennsylvania,” Farnese said.  “This cutting-edge project is a first for Pennsylvania and could be the catalyst for similar projects. These clean energy projects help boost Pennsylvania’s clean energy efforts while providing cost savings opportunities to local businesses.  I am pleased to announce this funding.”

UO Real Estate, LLC will work with Bloom Energy to install a 600kW fuel cell system at their facility in the Philadelphia Navy Yard. 

The system will produce electricity from natural gas with limited emissions, which Farnese said will minimize any environmental impact from the system.

The funding for the project was awarded today through the Commonwealth Financing Authority Alternative and Clean Energy Program.

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