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Rocky Hill, CT (April 20, 2006) — The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF), Connecticut Department
of Public Utility Control (DPUC) and City of Middletown today hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil a 2-kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system installed at the Vocational Agriculture Building at Middletown High School.

At the ribbon cutting ceremony, remarks were made by representatives from the City of Middletown, Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control, SmartPower, Wesleyan University, Pioneer Valley Photovoltaics, and others.

Middletown was the first Connecticut community to qualify for a CCEF-provided solar PV system, after
earning the designation of being a Connecticut Clean Energy Community. Under the program, cities and
towns across Connecticut may become a Connecticut Clean Energy Community by committing to SmartPower’s 20% by 2010 clean energy campaign and securing a minimum of 100 residential sign-ups to the DPUC’s CTCleanEnergyOptions program. The CTCleanEnergyOptions program encourages Connecticut residents, who are customers of CL&P; or United Illuminating, to support clean energy by selecting a clean energy offering from one of two clean energy suppliers – Community Energy or Sterling Planet. A total of 10 Connecticut cities and towns are now Connecticut Clean Energy Communities.

“Middletown’s support of clean energy is a prime example of civic engagement in energy matters,” said
Bryan Garcia, director of energy market initiatives for the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. “The community’s residents and institutions are using their purchasing power to make a statement – that they want clean energy to be a part of their future.”

Ron Klattenberg, councilman for the City of Middletown, stated, "The City of Middletown is excited to begin a long-term relationship with clean, renewable energy. The new solar panels on our VocationalAgriculture Building will raise community awareness for the importance of this technology, help to serve our energy needs and become a great educational tool for high school students."

DPUC Commissioner Anne C. George added, “It is with great pleasure that I am here today to congratulate
Middletown’s city officials and residents for doing their part to support clean energy. Middletown has
proven itself to be an innovator and a leader by becoming the first city to meet its clean energy goals. This city is an example not only for other municipalities, but also for its citizens, on how to practice good stewardship in the care of our environment and the use of our natural resources.”

“Middletown has truly distinguished itself by becoming Connecticut’s first ‘Clean Energy
Community,’” said Bob Wall, New England regional director of SmartPower. “Most people already know
that clean energy is good for the economy, the environment and national security. Thanks to the leadership and vision of the municipal government, Wesleyan University and the entire community, many others throughout the state will now discover that clean energy is also a powerful and reliable source of electricity.”

Peter Staye, associate director, physical plant, of Wesleyan University, added, “There are many reasons why Wesleyan is part of the Middletown community, and this is one of the best. Wesleyan is excited to see the Middletown Community embrace renewable energy with such great enthusiasm, proud to be a member of the City's Green Energy Task Force and convinced that together, Wesleyan and Middletown will achieve the goals of 20% green energy by the end of the campaign in 2010.”

The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund was created by the Connecticut General Assembly and is administered
by Connecticut Innovations, a quasi-public organization. CCEF promotes the development and
commercialization of clean energy technologies; the creation of clean energy supply; and the demand for
electricity from clean, renewable sources in Connecticut in order to strengthen Connecticut’s economy, protect community health, improve the environment, and promote a secure energy supply for the state. CCEF’s funding comes from a surcharge on electric ratepayers’ utility bills.