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Florida Keys Island Converts to Solar Energy

Posted: May. 7th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Pigeon Key solar power
Andy Newman/FL Keys News

I always like to highlight green and sustainable initiatives whenever I get the chance and the small Florida Keys island of Pigeon Key has made the move to solar energy. Even with the island being tiny, it's impressive to learn that about 95% of all electricity used on it is now generated via solar power.

Tourists may notice a small change on the tiny island of Pigeon Key; the historic education facility went green on Friday after Keys officials dumped the island’s electrical system and converted to solar-powered energy.

A 105- by 11-foot solar array was installed by Keys-based Sea Air Land Technologies to satisfy nearly 95 percent of the electrical needs for the 5.3-acre islet beneath the middle of the old Seven Mile Bridge near Marathon.

For more than 100 years, electrical power on Pigeon Key was generated by steam or fossil fuels. But soaring fuel prices have taxed the Pigeon Key Foundation’s annual operating budget.


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