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11/03/2011 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) recently installed photocells with patented seasonal technology on 25 street lights to mitigate the impact of artificial light to turtles during their nesting season. The photocells were installed in Key West along Smather’s Beach and Atlantic Boulevard.

KEYS’ crews had previously manually disabled the affected street lights in advance of the turtle nesting season on April 1st, and would turn them back on at the end of the season on November 1st. The new photocells will automate the procedure and utilize an internal atomic clock to turn the street lights on and off according to the nesting season.

The cost of this project was $2,000, with each of the photocells costing approximately $45 and labor charges rounding out the difference. “This project will pay for itself in a year’s time and prove to be a very good return on investment as our crews will no longer have to manually perform this task twice per year,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO.

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