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06/01/2011 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) recently received word that it has been awarded a Clean Energy Grant from the State totaling $770,000. The grant award was the result of an arduous application process that KEYS staff participated in during the summer of 2010.

“The grant is made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the United States Department of Energy,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO. She went on to add that, “pursuant to the grant, the State will fund approximately $434,000 of the total grant, with KEYS rounding out the difference with matching funds.”

The grant will fund seven projects identified by KEYS, which include:

1) Installing a thermal storage unit at KEYS’ Service Building to shift air conditioning cooling costs during peak hours. The unit will work by storing energy off-peak in the form of ice, when electricity generation is more efficient and more abundant, and delivering it on-peak, when it is needed most, to help condition the building.

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

3) Constructing an estimated 34 Kilowatt* (kW) solar photovoltaic system on a KEYS’ warehouse at its Stock Island Generating Facility, with an expected annual production of 51,861 kilowatt hours.

4) Erecting two wind turbines totaling 4.8 kW, with one each at KEYS’ Cudjoe Key Electrical Substation and KEYS’ Stock Island Generating Facility.

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

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

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

All grant projects must be completed by April 2012 in order to receive funding. “KEYS’ staff will be working diligently over the next several months 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.

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