Washington, DC [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Industry veteran Scott Sklar and one of RenewableEnergyAccess.com’s regular contributors announced that his consulting firm will lease a 5 kW fuel cell from Plug Power for his firm’s back-up energy needs. Sklar says the announcement represents one of the first actual business leases for a commercially-available fuel cell in the United States.The Stella Group, Ltd., with offices in downtown Washington, DC and in Arlington, Virginia assists commercial, industrial, and government users in obtaining on-site energy applications and appropriate financing. “With many days of power outages in 2005, both government and business users need to utilize on-site generation, and the best way to demonstrate its value is to use these technologies for important applications in your own company,” Sklar said. The 5 kW GenCore unit manufactured by Plug Power of Latham, New York is powered by hydrogen stored in gas cylinders, delivered by Air Gas. Sklar says the unit operates quietly and cleanly, and far more reliable than traditional battery banks or diesel gensets. Additionally, the firm’s building in Arlington has 1 kW of UniSolar’s solar photovoltaic roofing shingles being installed this summer, and R38 insulation and double pane, gas-filled windows and doors are incorporated. Sklar’s residence, also in Arlington, has 1 kW of traditional photovoltaics by Solarex and 0.5 kW of UniSolar’s “peal and stick” photovoltaics on the front porch’s metal-seamed roof – both tied to a Xantrex SW Plus 4048 inverter, and a solar water heating system by SunEarth.