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KEYS WIND DEMONSTRATION PROJECT DEDICATED IN CUDJOE KEY
03/30/2012 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) recently dedicated its Wind Demonstration Project at its Cudjoe Key Electrical Substation on U.S. Highway 1 (MM 23, Oceanside). The Wind Demonstration Project is funded in part by a Clean Energy Grant KEYS was awarded from the State of Florida totaling $770,000. The grant was made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the United States Department of Energy.

Construction of the Wind Demonstration Project cost $46,000 and KEYS worked with Florida Keys-based Sea, Air, Land Technologies (SALT) who furnished and installed the turbines per a competitive bid process. Originally one turbine was going to be installed at KEYS’ Stock Island Generation Facility and the other at the Cudjoe Key Electrical Substation. However, in order to determine if varying heights affected output, both were installed at the Cudjoe site so that all other factors could be considered equal.

One turbine is installed at a height of 57-feet, with the total height of the installation being 63-feet from the ground to the tip of the highest blade. The second turbine is installed at a height of 30-feet, with the total height of the installation being 35-feet from the ground to the tip of the highest blade. The diameter of each turbine from blade tip to blade tip is 12-feet.

The maximum output for each turbine is 2,400 watts and can be achieved at a wind speed of 29 miles-per-hour (mph). The minimum wind speed required for the turbines to rotate is eight mph, below this the turbines will not rotate. Energy generated from the turbines will help offset the energy used within the substation for cooling and lighting equipment. The system was not designed with a battery back-up for energy storage. Customers looking for real-time data on the output of the turbines should log on to www.KeysEnergy.com/Wind

Additional projects identified by KEYS that will be funded by the grant include:

1 - Installing an energy management system to control lighting and cooling at KEYS’ Service Building.

2 - Constructing an estimated 44 Kilowatt* (kW) solar photovoltaic system on a KEYS’ warehouse at its Stock Island Generating Facility.

3 - Offering $100,000 in rebates to qualifying customers who purchase energy efficient appliances.

4 - Providing 225 residential energy surveys over 18-months, which will include the distribution of compact fluorescent light bulbs, low flow showerheads, and faucet aerators.

5 - Hosting three workshops for commercial customers to learn how to implement energy efficiency in their businesses.

KEYS had previously identified installing a thermal storage unit at KEYS’ Service Building to shift air conditioning cooling costs during peak hours. However, the quotes for the project came back at double the estimated costs that were included in the grant application and KEYS was unable to complete this project.

All grant projects must be completed by April 2012 in order to receive funding. Pursuant to the grant, the State will fund approximately $434,000 of the total grant, with KEYS rounding out the difference with matching funds. “KEYS’ staff is working diligently to implement all facets of the grant and our customers will have an even greener utility which remains committed to its motto of Growing Greener Every Day,” said Tejeda.

*Kilowatt – A unit of electrical power equal to 1,000 watts.

PHOTO CAPTION: Utility Board Chairman Lou Hernandez speaks to the assembled crowd at the Cudjoe Key Electrical Substation while in the shadow of the two wind turbines that comprise KEYS’ Wind Demonstrations Project.


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