GBPC: Businesses, homeowners sold and installed fake energy saving devices
Several businesses and homeowners have been defrauded by a company which sold to them and installed what they thought was an energy saving device, but which the Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) found illegally bypassed its meters.
In a statement released yesterday, GBPC said it does not know how many of these systems have been installed, but called on Grand Bahama residents to report if they have them installed at their properties.
The company did not talk about whether it will pursue any kind of legal action, but warned residents and business owners that these kinds of bypasses are dangerous to install.
According to the GBPC, the devices are “bogus” boxes consisting of some wiring and red or green lights that serve no purpose. Some of these devices have “small unconnected LCD screens and sand-filled canisters pretending to be capacitors in some instances”.
“These fake boxes do nothing but act as a smokescreen for the dangerous diversion of GBPC’s electricity supply and bypass of our meter infrastructure,” noted the company.
Photos provided by GBPC show the fake capacitors opened up, with nothing but sand inside.
GBPC said businesses believed they had been sold devices that could save them money on their electricity bills.
“Through our investigations and discussions with affected customers, GBPC learned that these businesses purchased what they believed was an energy-saving device from a local company,” the statement noted.
“These businesses are a victim of fraud and were in fact either connected directly to GBPC’s power system via a meter bypass, or the meters were tampered with to under-read actual usage. These devices are not energy saving devices.
“All customers with these fake boxes installed throughout the island have been abstracting GBPC electricity supply without paying for the electricity consumed.”
Other photos provided by the GBPC show the extent of the infrastructural work and trenching that went into installing these meter bypass systems.
“Installations to divert GBPC’s electricity supply and bypass our metering infrastructure are extremely dangerous to business owners, homeowners, occupiers, our workers and the public at large,” said GBPC.
“The safety of the public and our workers is our first priority. Therefore, the non-compliant installations must be rectified as soon as possible.”
In its statement, GBPC said it is a proponent for energy savings and renewable energy and “will continue to provide our customers with the support they need to legitimately reduce their energy costs”.
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