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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, D-Conn., has announced that two renewable energy projects - a solar installation in Connecticut and a wind farm in Maine - have been selected to help power the state's electricity grid.

The projects have signed long-term contracts with Connecticut's two major electric distribution companies - Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) and United Illuminating - for the purchase of the combined 270 MW of electricity and related renewable energy credits they will produce.

According to Malloy, the cost of power from the two projects will average under $0.08/kWh, representing a price close to matching that of power generated from conventional fossil fuel plants and some of the lowest costs ever obtained for solar and wind power in the region.

The Number Nine Wind Farm is a 250 MW project to be located in Aroostook County, Maine. EDP Renewables North America LLC is the project developer.

The Fusion Solar Center is a 20 MW solar photovoltaic system that will be located in Sprague and Lisbon, Conn., on land primarily owned by Connecticut-based Fusion Paperboard Co. The project developer is HelioSage Energy.

Both projects are expected to be operational by the end of 2016.

The two projects were selected after analysis and ranking of 47 proposals submitted in response to a request for proposals (RFP) issued by Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection on July 8.

The RFP was released just weeks after the general assembly approved and Malloy signed into law Public Act 13-303, An Act Concerning Connecticut's Clean Energy Goals. The act restructured Connecticut's renewable portfolio standard, authorizing the state to go forward with an alternative energy procurement process for up to 4% of the state's total electricity load and recommit Connecticut to obtaining 20% of its electric power from alternative energy sources by 2020.

According to Malloy, the two projects selected will provide 3.5% of Connecticut's total energy load. The quick time frame for the procurement process allows the projects to take advantage of federal tax credits for renewable energy projects that expire at the end of 2013, the governor adds.

"These new agreements allow Connecticut Light & Power to further demonstrate our commitment to helping the state reach its goals by adding to the significant amount of renewable energy we currently deliver to our customers," comments James Daly, vice president of energy supply for Northeast Utilities, the parent company of CL&P.

The power purchase agreements will be submitted to the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority for review and approval.

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