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Stock Island Generation Facility Solar Project
Keys Energy Services (KEYS) recently completed the installation of a 44.16 kilowatt* (kW) solar photovoltaic system at its Stock Island Generation Facility. The solar array is funded in part by a Clean Energy Grant KEYS was awarded from the State of Florida totaling $770,000. The grant was made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the United States Department of Energy.
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.
The array is installed on the roof of KEYS' Purchasing section and materials warehouse. Energy generated from the system will help offset the energy used within the Purchasing section offices and warehouse. The system was not designed with a battery back-up for energy storage.