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October 13, 2004

Connecticut Offers $1.8 Million in Solar Power Rebates

The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) announced on October 4th that it is offering rebates on solar power systems to cut in half the cost of installing them. The CCEF has $1.8 million available for solar power rebates, which can go as high as $25,000 per home. See the CCEF press release.

CCEF is also funding Proton Energy Systems, Inc. to design and build a 5-kilowatt regenerative fuel cell for a telecommunications site in southwestern Connecticut, where it will be operated as a demonstration project for two years. Regenerative fuel cells store energy from the power grid by converting electricity into hydrogen, then convert that hydrogen back into electricity to provide emergency power when the electrical grid is unavailable. See the press release from Proton Energy's parent company, Distributed Energy Systems Corporation.