KEYS OFFICES TO CLOSE IN OBSERVANCE OF GOOD FRIDAY
03/27/2015 ~ In observance of Good Friday, Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) offices will be closed on Friday, April 3rd.
KEYS’ offices will re-open for regular business on Monday, April 6th, at 8:00A.
INNOVATIVE SOLAR TECHNOLOGY EXCEEDS FIVE-YEAR POWER GOAL
03/26/2015 ~ A demonstration of innovative solar technology exceeded its five-year goal for power production, while educating the public about solar technology and the environment.
The 26 kilowatt (AC) solar photovoltaic installation is a joint project of the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA), Keys Energy Services (KEYS) and NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Since its dedication in 2010, the project has exceeded projected output by 3.5%, generating more than 235,000 kWh and offsetting more than 370,000 pounds of carbon dioxide, equivalent to eliminating more than 4 million 60-watt light bulbs or more than 19,000 gallons of gasoline.
The project uses a “peel and stick” solar technology that generates electricity with an innovative thin-film solar panel mounted to a rooftop using an adhesive material. The technology was selected as the best match for the Florida Keys’ unique environmental conditions, for its ability to capture the complete solar spectrum more efficiently and for its ability to generate in low-light conditions.
The solar installation is located at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center and includes an informational kiosk that educates visitors about climate change, energy conservation and solar power generation. The kiosk features an interactive display that shows the solar installation’s electrical output and environmental offsets in real time. The real-time monitoring system also can be viewed online at http://www.keysecosolar.com.
“With five years of reliable operation, this project is a success in its dual mission of power generation and education,” said FMPA General Manager and CEO Nicholas P. Guarriello. “Demonstration projects like this move us closer to a future when renewables become cost-effective and a greater part of the power mix.”
“All KEYS renewable projects have incorporated an educational component so customers are able to view the output of the unit on-demand. Our customers can log on to www.KeysEnergy.com/renewable-energy to access all of our projects and review their output,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO.
PHOTO CAPTION: Innovative “peel and stick” solar panels were installed in December 2009. Since then, the project has generated enough electricity to offset more than 4 million 60-watt light bulbs.
KEYS DONATES $200 TO KEY WEST LITTLE CONCH BASEBALL
03/24/2015 ~ Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) recently donated $200 to the Key West Little Conch Baseball league to help underwrite expenses for their upcoming spring season.
For more information, visit: KWLCB.BabeRuthOnline.com.
PHOTO CAPTION: (From left) Utility Board Member Charlie Bradford, Utility Board Vice Chair Mona C. Clark, Key West Little Conch Baseball League Secretary Dana Vega, Key West Little Conch Baseball Player Aiden Vernetti, Utility Board Members Barry Barroso and Tim Root, and Utility Board Chair Peter Batty.
KEYS' GREAGER ACHIEVES LONGEVITY MILESTONES WITH UTILITY
03/23/2015 ~ Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) Suzanne Greager will celebrate her 30th anniversary with the Utility on Saturday, March 28th.
Greager is the Director of Management Services and is responsible for the planning and coordinating department objectives. Included in her duties are the management of human resource functions, risk management, safety, training, and courier divisions, as well as providing guidance and direction to all KEYS personnel regarding KEYS’ policies and procedures.
KEYS DONATES $750 TO FLORIDA KEYS OCEAN FESTIVAL
03/20/2015 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) recently donated $750 to help underwrite expenses for the 6th annual Florida Keys Ocean Festival & Waterfront Craft Show. KEYS is an inaugural sponsor of this event and also will be offering bucket truck rides to attendees on Saturday, April 4th.
Presented by Florida-based Mote Marine Laboratory, the family-friendly free-admission Ocean Festival will take place from 11:00 – 6:00P at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, located on Key West’s Truman Waterfront at the end of Southard Street. In addition to KEYS’ bucket truck rides, which will be offered from 11:00 – 4:00P, other scheduled attractions include live music, arts and crafts, kids’ activities including a fish clinic, educational displays, food and beverages, a silent auction, and more.
“KEYS is proud to once again help promote the unique marine environment of the Florida Keys – including the continental United States’ only living coral barrier reef,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO. She also went on to add that, “for those taking advantage of our bucket truck rides, they will be rewarded with a bird’s eye view of the festival, surrounding Truman Waterfront, and solar demonstration unit KEYS installed on the roof of the Eco-Discovery Center in partnership with the Florida Municipal Power Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.”
Proceeds from the festival will support Mote Marine Laboratory’s coral reef restoration and research programs. For more information on the festival, visit www.KeysOceanFest.org.
PHOTO CAPTION: (From left) Utility Board Member Charlie Bradford, Mote Marine Laboratory Florida Keys Development Officer Jason Wolf, Ocean Festival Event Coordinator Roberta DePiero, Utility Board Vice Chair Mona C. Clark, Utility Board Members Barry Barroso and Tim Root, and Utility Board Chair Peter Batty.