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Four New Solar Photovoltaic Projects to Go Forward

Centerbrook, Hartford, West Simsbury and Westport sites to receive financial assistance to support the installation of solar PV systems

Rocky Hill, Conn. (July 26, 2006) - The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF), administered by Connecticut Innovations (CI), today announced that it has committed to support the installation of six new solar photovoltaic (PV) systems located at four project sites – in Centerbrook, Hartford, West Simsbury and Westport. The funding of $270,000 will cover approximately half of the total system installation costs.

The new solar PV projects include:

Centerbrook Architects’ 24.3-kilowatt solar PV system, to be placed on its North Building. This solar PV system is expected to provide 21% of the electrical needs for this building.

Two 2-kilowatt systems to be installed on a duplex being constructed through the “Affordable Housing Component” of Habitat for Humanity. The systems are expected to provide 31% of the electrical needs of the two homes, which are located in Hartford.

Two solar PV systems totaling 10.58 kilowatts that will help power the barn and the pavilion at Flamig Farm in West Simsbury. The systems are expected to provide 65% of Flamig Farm’s electrical needs for these buildings and will be featured as an exhibit at the farm.

A 20.91-kilowatt solar PV system to be installed at Westport Fire Station, which also serves as the town’s Emergency Response Center. This system is expected to supply 6.9% of the station’s electrical needs.

Lise Dondy, president of the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, said, “With these funding approvals, CCEF is helping to bring forth approximately 60 kilowatts of solar generating capacity. We are also demonstrating that energy derived from solar PV systems can meet electrical needs across a broad spectrum of end-users. Clearly, solar PV is gaining momentum and broad-based support statewide.”

CCEF supports the development and use of solar PV systems in Connecticut through its Solar PV Rebate Program, On-Site Renewable DG Program and Operational Demonstration Program. Through these programs, CCEF has made commitments to support over 155 solar PV installations statewide.

About the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF)

CCEF 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.

About Connecticut Innovations, Inc.

Connecticut Innovations (CI) is a quasi-public organization dedicated to driving a vibrant, entrepreneurial, technology-based economy in Connecticut. CI stimulates high-tech growth by investing in: early-stage Connecticut technology companies; university/industry research collaborations; technology transfer; and, clean energy initiatives through the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. CI also fosters collaboration among government, business, non-profit and academic organizations to advance technology growth and promotes public policies consistent with CI’s mission. Since 1995, CI has been the state’s leading investor in high technology and clean energy, investing over $180 million in companies, projects and programs.