A Lenexa, KS business is stepping in to help the Bahamas restore telecommunications after Hurricane Dorian ravaged the island nation in August 2019. HCI Energy has reached a deal with Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) to send four of its Hybrid Cubes to sites on Grand Bahama and Abaco Islands. Hurricane Dorian wiped out both the telecommunications network and the power grid in these areas.
Powered by HCI Energy’s Hybrid Cube, BTC will be able to bring its network back online, a critical first step on the long road to recovery.
“The Hybrid Cube delivers affordable, sustainable continuous energy to any location worldwide,” said Ray Ansari, founder and CEO of HCI Energy. “The autonomous, scalable and environmentally responsible design harvests a proprietary combination of solar, wind, generator and battery energy storage technologies to deliver reliable power with enhanced cost certainty in an unpredictable fuel market.”
The power generation capabilities are housed in a standard ISO shipping container that allow it to be transported to even the most remote and environmentally challenging areas worldwide, making it a valuable asset in disaster recovery, Ansari said.
In the Bahamas, use of the Hybrid Cube helps meet the goals of the country’s recovery, which include introducing more renewable energy solutions.
“Our technology is well positioned to help individuals and communities survive and thrive in the aftermath of a natural disaster. We’re committed to helping BTC effectively use these Hybrid Cubes to restore communication service, meet basic human needs and, ultimately, speed recovery efforts to some of the hardest-hit areas in the Bahamas,” Ansari said. “By closely monitoring the systems even remotely here in Kansas City, we can ensure the highest level of efficiency over time as the country’s rebuilding process unfolds.”
“For those of us living on-grid, we often take for granted our access to reliable energy. In the wake of the devastation we’ve seen firsthand in the Bahamas, it’s critical that our Hybrid Cubes are poised to make an impact beginning on day one,” said Kevin Kowalik, vice president of sales and marketing at HCI Energy. “We look forward to being a true partner to BTC long term, and to delivering best-in-class support to augment the value of our technology as we help the Bahamas move forward in a positive direction.”
November 25, 2019