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State Names Two Solar Firms To Generate Power

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File photo of solar panels. (ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of solar panels. (ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The state of Connecticut has tapped two commercial solar projects to help generate clean, renewable energy.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Friday that the developers of the proposed East Lyme Solar Park and the Somers Solar Center were chosen from among 21 projects to be part of a state initiative.

Each can now enter into agreements to provide electricity to the state’s two electric distribution companies, Connecticut Light & and Power and The United Illuminating Co. Each project is designed to provide five megawatts of solar energy for the electric grid. The 20-year average cost of the power from the two projects is expected to be 22.2 cents per kilowatt hour.

Malloy said state officials are working to bring cheaper and cleaner energy to Connecticut.

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