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Schering-Plough Flips the Switch on 1.7 MW Rooftop Solar Panel System, One of
the Largest in N.J., North America

Local 5th Graders Learn About the Science Behind Energy Production

SUMMIT, N.J., April 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Schering-Plough Corporation
(NYSE: SGP) welcomed local and state officials, and a class of fifth graders,
to celebrate the completion of a 1.7 megawatt solar energy system. With panels
located atop seven buildings at the company's Summit, N.J., site, the system
is one of the largest photovoltaic rooftop installations in New Jersey and
North America. Chairman and CEO Fred Hassan symbolically activated the system
by flipping a 6-foot light switch.

"Three years ago Schering-Plough initiated a global strategic energy
management initiative to build a foundation for an energy-efficient future,"
Hassan said. "This project is a major achievement of that initiative. It
represents the achievement of three objectives -- savings, sustainability and
societal benefit -- and significantly moves us closer to our goal of reducing
energy use worldwide by as much as 10 percent by 2013."

"Schering-Plough is to be commended for their responsible energy conservation
efforts and work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Garden State," said
Governor Jon S. Corzine. "New Jersey has been a national leader in solar
energy programs, and this private sector project is a fine complement to our
own initiatives as we work to secure and strengthen the state's energy
future."

"Energy programs like Schering-Plough's set a high standard that helps New
Jersey serve as a model for other states," said Jeanne M. Fox, president, N.J.
Board of Public Utilities. "The company has adopted policies consistent with
Governor Corzine's Energy Master Plan, which has identified renewable energy
and energy efficiency as major priorities in coming years."

In conjunction with the activation proceedings, a class of fifth graders from
Washington School in Summit participated in a hands-on lesson held in a newly
designed eco-focused "green room." Students learned about the science behind
energy production and various ways to conserve resources.  

The solar energy system is the latest high-profile component in
Schering-Plough's award-winning global energy management program, which builds
from a foundation of energy conservation. The company was recently named a
2009 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) for outstanding energy management and reductions in greenhouse
gas emissions.   

According to Schering-Plough Energy Director Tom Pagliuco, "Managing energy
well is critical to our operations. We are making our consumption of energy
'greener' by using renewable sources like solar and by reusing byproduct heat
created in generating electricity on our sites. However, reducing overall
energy consumption is our main goal. We believe the greenest kilowatt is the
one not used."

The rooftop solar system is owned and will be operated by PPL Renewable
Energy, which will sell the power to Schering-Plough. It is anticipated that
the system will provide up to 12 percent of the site's peak energy needs and
reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 1.3 million pounds each year, the
equivalent to planting 123 acres of pine forest. 

In addition to generating power, the project creates a Solar Renewable Energy
Certificate (SREC), a tradable certificate representing all the clean energy
benefits of the electricity generated from a solar electric system. PPL
EnergyPlus, PPL's trading and marketing subsidiary, purchases the SREC
generated by this project as part of a coordinated effort to increase
development of renewable energy projects. 

Schering-Plough is an innovation-driven, science-centered global health care
company. Through its own biopharmaceutical research and collaborations with
partners, Schering-Plough creates therapies that help save and improve lives
around the world. The company applies its research-and-development platform to
human prescription, animal health and consumer health care products.
Schering-Plough's vision is to "Earn Trust, Every Day" with the doctors,
patients, customers and other stakeholders served by its colleagues around the
world. The company is based in Kenilworth, N.J., and its Web site is
www.schering-plough.com.


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