Minister of State for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson said yesterday the Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) will utilize solar power to return electricity to East Grand Bahama, which was hit hard by Hurricane Dorian.
“The power company has informed the government that they intend to provide a small scale solar and storage energy system which can be expanded as the population returns to the area. I am further advised that within the next three weeks there will be a temporary solar and storage system available to provide the community lighting, charging and refrigeration,” Thompson said during his contribution to the Disaster Preparedness and Response (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Senate on Monday.
“This would make the East End community one of the first solar energy communities in The Bahamas. We will continue to work with the power company to make this a reality.”
GBPC has previously stated that it had restored electricity to 90 percent of its customers in the Freeport area and the western end of the island in the aftermath of Dorian, but could not specify how soon power would be restored to the eastern portion of the island.
“Power was restored to 90 percent of buildings that were dry and ready to receive power by September 19. Approximately 15,700 customers have now been restored in Freeport and West Grand Bahama. Pre-Dorian the total customer count was 19,000. Restoration continues one dry home/business at a time now. The missing customer count is mostly represented by the approximate 3,000 homes and 400 business that suffered serious damage and/or flooding.
“East End continues to remain a challenge for the power company,” he said.