GBPA licensee being investigated by RBPF in regards to fake energy-saving devices
The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) revealed on Wednesday that one of its licensees that installed fake energy-saving devices on homes and businesses was working outside of the scope of its license and is being investigated by the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF).
A press statement from the GBPA said it was notified by the Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) that its meter audits led it to suspect that several homes and businesses had their electricity diverted past their meters.
“As a result, we immediately began our own independent investigation into this matter, which is currently ongoing,” the statement revealed.
“Thus far, we can confirm that all of the work performed by the licensee was unpermitted, and was executed outside the scope of the license.
“As this matter is currently with the Royal Bahamas Police Force and investigations are still ongoing, we do not wish to comment any further to interfere with police investigations.”
The GBPA said it hopes to have the matter settled “amicably” and to the benefit of the Grand Bahama community.
“We encourage the public that if you had any energy cost savings work done on your premises, to please contract our building and development services department to ensure that the work carried out was permitted and the installation was carried out in accordance with the building code,” the GBPA said.
On Wednesday the GBPC released a statement explaining that it does not know how many of these systems were installed, but it called on Grand Bahama residents to report if they have them at their properties.
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 GBPC.
Photos provided by GBPC show the fake capacitors opened up, with nothing but sand inside. The company said businesses believed they had been sold devices that could save them money on their electricity bills.
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