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Photovoltaic Projects To Assist With Relieving Electric Load Congestion in Connecticut

(Rocky Hill, Connecticut - March 31, 2003) The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) today announced the selection of its Photovoltaic (PV) Program Request for Proposal (RFP) finalists. The CCEF received initial interest from 19 proposals comprising 24 projects under its Solar PV Program. These projects represented total investments of $3.6 million and requested $2.3 million in funding support. Eleven of the 19 proposals were selected for participation in the RFP, which determined the winners.

The finalists, consisting of the Town of Fairfield, Vestar, City of Stamford, Granby Education Foundation and Select Energy Services, will coordinate the development of solar PV projects that carry investments in excess of $1 million in total costs and will result in additional solar PV capacity of approximately 100 kilowatts.

We are pleased that two of the projects are located in Southwest Connecticut with a total of five in towns listed as electric transmission constrained areas. These projects will also demonstrate how renewable energy can assist in relieving electrical load congestion in critical areas of the state and provide back up power. The completion of all projects is expected by the end of this year.

"This is our first Solar PV Program and it has produced projects that clearly establish innovative applications for solar PV," said Charles Moret, managing director, investments, Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. "These solar PV projects will demonstrate that this renewable energy technology can effectively be adopted right here in Connecticut and assist with relieving electric transmission congestion."

In addition, the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund selected the projects that provide high-value; support a highly visible application; reduce barriers to installation; demonstrate innovative approaches to design, application or financing; and promote solar PV as a clean, practical and environmentally friendly technology. The projects also presented effective distributed power-generation, which solves the problem of limited infrastructure, and a capability to reduce the power grid load during the high peak summer months in Connecticut.

Following is a summary of the projects selected:

 The Fairfield Water Pollution Control & Compost Facility will integrate solar PV into a new compost processing facility at the existing water pollution control facility and will complement other distributed power-generation. This project will help alleviate electric load congestion in Southwestern Connecticut.

 A Hamden traffic light will become a solar PV powered traffic light. The light is at an important intersection, and the solar PV system will provide a reliable source of energy and backup power. This project will demonstrate that Solar PV can be used to power traffic lights throughout Connecticut.

 The Stamford Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center is a heavily used community facility that will utilize solar PV to power energy efficient lighting. This project, located in a primary electrical constrained congestion area, will demonstrate the exceptional benefits of solar PV.

 The Hamden Government Center project will use solar PV to charge the Center¡¦s backup battery, provide emergency lighting as well as provide power to the electric grid. A kiosk will be available to the public providing information on the solar PV system.

 The Whitneyville Pumping Station in Hamden will have solar PV generate power during critical peak summer periods. This solar PV installation will be available for viewing by the Eli Whitney Museum's visitors, and it will contrast extremely well with an existing 19th century hydro generator.

 The Salmon Brook Ecology Center¡¦s solar PV system will integrate with a self-sustaining aquaculture/hydroponics green facility. This Center will be developing curriculum and offering educational programs for diverse community groups and for the middle and high schools.

 CT Transit in Hartford will incorporate energy efficiency measures with solar PV in a bus maintenance facility to help improve the economics of photovoltaic projects. This project will also assist in reducing the power grid load in peak demand periods during the summer.

The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, administered by Connecticut Innovations, invests in enterprises and other initiatives that promote and develop sustainable markets for energy from renewables and fuel cells that will benefit the ratepayers of Connecticut. For more information, visit www.ctcleanenergy.com.