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KEYS STOCK ISLAND SOLAR PROJECT MARKS ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

04/24/2013 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) Stock Island Solar Demonstration Project, located at its Stock Island Generating Facility, will mark its one-year anniversary on Saturday, April 27th. The 44.16 kilowatt* (kW) system was funded in part by a Clean Energy Grant KEYS was awarded from the State of Florida, made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the United States Department of Energy.

The array is installed on the roof of KEYS’ Purchasing section and materials warehouse which overlooks Safe Harbor in Stock Island. Energy generated from the system helps to offset the energy used within the Purchasing section offices and warehouse. 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/stockislandsolar.

Since its installation one-year ago, the Stock Island Solar Demonstration Project has generated over 80,700 kilowatt hours** (kwh) of energy. The system joins two other KEYS’ renewable projects that include a 26 kW solar array KEYS installed in 2010 on the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, in partnership with the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) and NOAA’s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, as well as a wind demonstration project at KEYS’ Cudjoe Key Electrical Substation (MM 23, Oceanside).

Construction of the solar array cost $245,504 and KEYS worked with OneWorld Sustainable, Inc. who furnished and installed the system per a competitive bid process. Originally, a 34 kW was slated to be installed, however, the bids came in under the $265,000 grant budget and KEYS was able to obtain approval from the Florida Energy and Climate Commission for increasing the size of the array in order to use more of the allocated funds.

*Kilowatt – A unit of electrical power equal to 1,000 watts.
**Kilowatt-Hour (kwh) – Example, ten 100-watt light bulbs burning for one hour use one kwh.

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