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$1,180,000 Grant from Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Approved for Solar PV Installation

ROCKY HILL, Conn., December 14, 2007 – The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) Board today announced approval of a $1,180,000 grant to defray approximately half of the total cost of a 308-kilowatt DC solar photovoltaic (PV) system at The Lee Company’s Westbrook, Conn., Restrictor Group production facility. Upon completion, this system will be the largest solar photovoltaic system at a manufacturing facility in the state of Connecticut.

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United Natural Foods Extends Environmentally Responsible Initiatives

ROCKY HILL, Conn., December 13, 2007 - Furthering its commitment to Environmentally Responsible Initiatives, United Natural Foods, Inc. (Nasdaq: UNFI) along with Solar Works, Inc. and the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF), today held a dedication ceremony for the installation of the largest solar electric system in New England. The 550-kilowatt STC solar photovoltaic system from SCHOTT Solar, installed at the Company's state-of-the-art distribution facility in Dayville, CT, is expected to generate approximately 600,000 kilowatt hours of clean energy annually, enough to power more than 67 average New England homes for one year. The system output will avoid over 14 million pounds (over 6,350 metric tons) of carbon dioxide over the 25-year life of the system.

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Common Ground High School Celebrates Launch of Solar Energy Curriculum for Teachers; Dedicates Solar

ROCKY HILL, Conn., December 5, 2007 - Common Ground High School of New Haven today hosted the launch of a solar energy curriculum program for teachers. Designed by the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF), Learning for Clean Energy Innovation (LCEI) will focus initially on solar energy education and will later be expanded to cover fuel cell and wind energy. LCEI professional development sessions will incorporate a specially designed curriculum aligned with the Connecticut Department of Education's Science Frameworks, and will be offered to 9th-grade teachers from the 61 towns in the state who are participating in the 20% by 2010 Campaign.

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Ridgefield Earns Designation as Connecticut Clean Energy Community and Earns Solar Array

ROCKY HILL, Conn., December 3, 2007 - Ridgefield has joined a growing list of municipalities in the state that have become "Connecticut Clean Energy Communities." Ridgefield earned this designation by committing to the purchase of 20% clean energy by the year 2010, by signing up nearly 200 residents as clean energy customers, and by purchasing renewable energy certificates representing 3% of its electricity load for municipal buildings from Community Energy. As a result of this commitment to clean energy, Ridgefield has earned a $20,000 solar energy array to be installed on the municipal building of its choice.

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CCEF and Connecticut Home Owners Help State Reach Two Major Clean Energy Milestones

ROCKY HILL, Conn., November 15, 2007 - The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF), a ratepayer fund administered by Connecticut Innovations Inc. (CI), today announced that home owners across the state are increasingly harnessing the power of the sun. Together, Connecticut home owners and CCEF have helped the state reach two important clean energy milestones: the 200th residential solar installation and 1 megawatt (MW) of installed residential solar capacity. These installations were made possible, in part, by rebates offered through CCEF's Solar PV Rebate Program.

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New Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Board Launched

October 23, 2007 - The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF), a ratepayer fund administered by Connecticut Innovations Inc. (CI), today announced that the new statutorily created Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Board held its first meeting October 1, 2007. Timothy Bowles of Riverbend Associates was elected chairman of the board. The new Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Board, which replaces the CCEF Advisory Committee and the Clean Energy Investment Committee of CI, is charged with developing a comprehensive strategic plan for CCEF and authorizing expenditures from the Fund for projects, programs and operating expenses.

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Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Issues First Feasibility Grant to One World Energy

October 22, 2007 - The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF), a ratepayer fund administered by Connecticut Innovations Inc. (CI), today announced that it has issued its first Site-Specific Feasibility Study Grant under the On-Site Renewable Distributed Generation Program to One World Energy for a wind energy feasibility project it is conducting for Hartford Hospital. The grant amount was approximately $49,000.

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High Performance Schools Program Receives Nod and Commitment of $1,375,000

ROCKY HILL, Conn., October 16, 2007 - The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF), a ratepayer fund administered by Connecticut Innovations Inc. (CI), today announced that the Connecticut Clean Energy Investment Committee has approved a funding allocation of up to $1,375,000 to enable CCEF to launch a new initiative, the High Performance Schools Program (HPSP). The goal is to transform how Connecticut schools are designed and built and to move towns to include energy efficiency features and clean distributed energy generation as standard components in newly constructed schools or major renovation projects.  

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Essex Earns Designation as Connecticut Clean Energy Community

September 26, 2007 - Essex has joined a growing list of municipalities in the state that have become "Connecticut Clean Energy Communities." Connecticut cities and towns can earn this designation under the Connecticut Clean Energy Communities Program (CCEC), a partnership between the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) and SmartPower, by meeting three requirements: (1) committing to purchasing 20% clean energy by the year 2010, (2) having a threshold number of residents and small businesses sign up for the CTCleanEnergyOptionssm program, offer to customers of United Illuminating and CL&P, and (3) making a municipal clean energy purchase.

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Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Provides $176,000 to Support UConn/UTC Power Applied Research Project

September 20, 2007 - The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF), a ratepayer fund administered by Connecticut Innovations Inc. (CI), today announced that it has provided $176,000 to the University of Connecticut (UConn) to support a collaborative applied research project with UTC Power, a United Technologies company that has pioneered advances in many areas of fuel cell technology.

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