Business benefiting from blackouts
While many businesses are lamenting Bahamas Power and Light’s (BPL) frequent power outages, at least one company said the load shedding exercises have led to increased business.
“We definitely have,” said Roxy Smith, marketing manager for Marlin Marine, when asked if her company has experienced an influx in inquiries and orders for backup generators.
“We’re kind of at a point where we’ve had to increase our stock and increase our orders. We’ve had so many inquiries online, not even just on pricing. People are just really concerned about what’s going on and are wondering if getting a generator is the best option.”
BPL began load shedding in three-hour intervals three weeks ago, however load shedding began in earnest in April.
Earlier this week the power company began releasing schedules of planned load shedding exercises over social media platforms.
Smith said her company has taken on that initiative as well.
“On our social media pages we like to update people on [BPL’s outages] and things like that,” she said.
A backup home generator can be a costly investment for the average consumer, but Smith said there are ways to circumvent the hefty price.
“When people think of generators they automatically think they’re really expensive, but if you are a family that can’t necessarily afford a four- or five-figure generator, I would recommend that maybe you bring a couple of your family members together and have a designated house that would host the generator,” she said.
“Everyone can pool together so that in the case of an emergency they can have a generator at a specific location, and in the case that the emergency comes worse to worst, that’s where everyone comes. They know that there’s power there if they can’t afford it [on their own].”
Costs for a backup generator can start at $6,000 on the low-end and up to more than $20,000 fully installed on the high-end for most small and medium-sized residential homes.
“We like to do a complete assessment on what they would need. We don’t necessarily give people a price,” Smith said.
“We do a price visit and then we assess what your needs would be, how much power you would need for your apartment or house and from there we give the customer a recommendation.”
Paige started working as a business reporter in August 2016.
Education: Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2006 with a BA in Radio and Television News
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