Nextek Power Systems this week provided its STAR (Stationary or Transportable Available Resource) solar power generation trailer to a Long Island family still living with friends because of Hurricane Sandy. The home of the Babington family of Amityville has been uninhabitable since the October 2012 superstorm, and they say their insurance company has failed to move to fund its replacement. They’ve been staying with friends since the disaster, but recently, thanks to efforts by their local United Way, a company named Hunter Insulation offered a small, solar powered house for them. The company installed it in their front yard. Nextek’s Bohemia, Long Island office became involved in the effort, and contributed the STAR trailer to provide electrical power.
The story was aired on the local ABC affiliate and can be seen on their web site.
Hunter Insulation hopes to acquire a Federal Emergency Management Administration contract to provide the pre-fab homes wherever disasters like Sandy occur.
Nextek’s STAR trailers have been deployed around the western hemisphere, particularly in Haiti, to provide rural inhabitants with electrical power, often for the first time in their lives. The system generates power from solar panels and stores it in batteries. A portion of the power can then be transferred to portable batteries for use in local homes, powering lights, cooking stoves and other small devices. For more information on STAR trailers, visit the Nextek web site.