Crayola Solar Park to Be Built with help of UGI PPL

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19 Nov 2009 Crayola recently formed a partnership with PPL Renewable Energy of Allentown and UGI Energy Services Inc., of Reading,


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    Crayola Breaks Ground on 15-acre Solar Farm

    1 billion Crayola crayons to be made annually with the help of the sun

November 19, 2009 EASTON, PA For more than a century, Crayola has made every

    color under the sun. Soon, the sun will make those colors when a 15-acre solar farm begins

    generating electricity next year at the company’s Forks Township headquarters. Construction

    on the solar project started today during a colorful ground breaking ceremony.

Crayola officials and employees, along with partners PPL Corporation of Allentown and UGI

    Energy Services Inc., of Reading, were joined by Pa. Department of Environmental

    Protection Secretary John Hanger and state and local elected officials who flanked a giant

    sun and put colorful shovels to soil to commence construction. When complete, more than

    26,000 fixed photovoltaic solar panels will convert sunlight into electricity, generating 1.9

    megawatts of electrical power.

The solar facility will provide the energy required to make 1 billion of the 3 billion Crayola

    crayons the company makes each year. Generating the same amount of electricity with

    fossil fuels would produce about 1,900 tons of greenhouse gases per year. This reduction of

    green house emissions is the equivalent of planting 400 acres of pine forest and removing

    325 cars from the road.

    ―Crayola has long been committed to environmental stewardship because it’s especially important to us that today’s kids have a healthy environment for their creative tomorrows,‖

    said Peter Ruggiero, Executive Vice president, Global Operations. ―Our solar project is one of many ways Crayola is incorporating social and environmental responsibility into our

    business to benefit our company, community and consumers.‖

Crayola recently formed a partnership with PPL Renewable Energy of Allentown and UGI

    Energy Services Inc., of Reading, to build the state-of-the-art solar panel facility. A portion of

    the solar panels will begin generating electricity by spring 2010, in time for the busy back-to-

    school production season.

As part of the agreement, PPL and UGI will lease 15 acres of property adjacent to Crayola’s

    manufacturing facility and provide the funding and resources to design, build and operate

    the farm. Crayola has agreed to purchase the generated power. PPL and UGI will share the

    renewable energy credits provided by Pennsylvania to the developers and operators of

    environmentally sustainable projects.

―PPL has a long history of generating energy in an environmentally responsible manner and

    we understand the importance of renewable energy sources such as Crayola’s solar energy park,‖ said Rick Klingensmith, President, PPL Energy Services Group. ―Having successfully developed solar and renewable energy projects throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and

    New England, we are looking forward to increasing the amount of green, renewable energy

    available right here in our community.‖


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"This unique partnership demonstrates UGI's commitment to the community in which we

    serve and environment in which we live," stated Brad Hall, President of UGI Energy Services.

    "UGI is committed to the development of creative renewable energy solutions, and is proud

    to work with Crayola and PPL to make this project a reality."

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania provided a $1.5 million grant from the American

    Recovery and Reinvestment Act or Stimulus Act to fund a portion of the solar project. "The

    Stimulus Act funding, along with the sun and Crayola crayons, creates jobs right now to build

    this large solar facility, protects the jobs already at Crayola, and produces pollution-free

    electricity for years to come,‖ said Secretary Hanger. ―The future of both Crayola and solar

    power is as bright as the sun."

As part of the project, a solar energy educational display will be developed at The Crayola

    Factory in downtown Easton, which attracts nearly 300,000 visitors annually. The exhibit will

    showcase the accomplishments of the solar partnership and demonstrate solar energy’s

    potential in Pennsylvania.

    As the market leader in children’s creative expression products, Crayola is

    committed to reduce, recycle and reuse by practicing industry-leading

    environmental stewardship. During the past 10 years at its Lehigh Valley, PA

    manufacturing facilities, the company has reduced its natural gas usage by 19

    percent, electricity by 11 percent and waste reduction by 40 percent. The company recycles 70 percent of its potential waste. With world headquarters in Forks

    Township, PA, Crayola employs more than 1,200 worldwide.

    About PPL

    PPL Renewable Energy, a subsidiary of PPL Corporation, has developed clean and

    renewable energy projects that total more than 40 megawatts of generation

    enough to power 30,000 homes. These include solar panel installations and

    landfill gas projects in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New England.

    Headquartered in Allentown, Pa., PPL Corporation controls more than 11,000 megawatts of

    generating capacity in the United States, sells energy in key U.S. markets and delivers

    electricity to more than 4 million customers in Pennsylvania the United Kingdom. More

    information is available at

    About UGI

    UGI Energy Services, a unit of UGI Corporation (NYSE:UGI), is a regionally

    focused energy marketer that serves the needs of more than 21,000

    commercial, institutional and industrial facilities; and controls or owns a

    portfolio of electric generating capacity that includes a growing share of renewable energy.

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