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KEYS NET-METERING PROGRAM GROWS WITH ADDITION OF NO NAME KEY CUSTOMERS

07/02/2013 ~ Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) has interconnected the first grid connected solar system on No Name Key (NNK). Kathryn Brown became the first solar grid tied customer on Friday, June 28th, with the installation of a special meter that will monitor her consumption and the energy she sells back to KEYS.

KEYS has offered a Renewable Energy Net-Metering option, for customers wishing to install a renewable energy system on their home or business and interconnect to the electric grid, since 2008. KEYS currently has 29 such interconnections within KEYS’ service area (Key West to the Seven-Mile Bridge), with additional NNK interconnections anticipated over the summer.

The net-metering option essentially allows KEYS to buy back excess energy produced by privately owned renewable energy systems within KEYS’ service area. Brown’s system is a four-kilowatt (kW) solar system. With the addition of Brown’s system, the 29 net-metering customers supply approximately 234.2 kW of renewable energy to KEYS grid. All 29 net-metering customers produce an estimated 250,000 kilowatt-hour’s of power annually.

“While renewable energy systems are not yet affordable for all, KEYS’ net-metering option is helping to ease the transition as customers go green,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO. She added that, “one of the main benefits of the electrification of NNK is that those customers can now sell back any excess power they produce on their renewable energy systems to KEYS, and we in turn can share that power with our other customers.”

KEYS’ customers wishing to interconnect their renewable energy systems to the electric grid should call KEYS at (305) 295-1080 for more information.

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Kilowatt (kW) – A unit of electrical power equal to 1,000 watts.

Kilowatt-Hour (kWh) – A common unit of electric energy consumption, and the basic unit of electric energy. 1,000 watts consumed for one hour equals a single kWh.

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