In response to the Hurricane Dorian disaster, Liberty-based ReVision Energy is sending an emergency solar power unit to the Bahamas that will provide 24/7 electricity for lighting, critical medication refrigeration, cell phone and laptop charging, and other emergency power needs.

ReVision has called for donations of emergency supplies to fill the unit, and Islesboro Central School and Belfast Area High School are serving as collection points in Waldo County.

"Thousands of Bahamians are without food, water, electricity and shelter, so we are sending an emergency solar power unit filled with disaster relief supplies to help," said ReVision co-founder Phil Coupe, who worked with the global disaster relief agency Amurtel and other solar companies in Puerto Rico two years ago.

In response to ReVision's request for donations, ICS and BAHS are gathering donated supplies to fill the Maine-based unit before it is shipped to the Bahamas. ICS Head of School Chuck Hamm has secured a driver to transport the supplies from Islesboro and Belfast to the unit in South Portland. Anyone in the community may donate.

Coupe said today that the deadline for donations to be received at the company's South Portland office has been extended until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25. The company has nailed down logistics for transporting the trailer to Florida, he said, but is still working on arrangements for shipping it from there to the Bahamas, which has bought more time to gather the needed items.

"We have quite a bit," he said today, "but there's still room for more."

ReVision, ICS and BAHS are accepting donations of strong tarps, cleaning supplies, 5-gallon contractor buckets, cans of ready-to-eat food with flip-tops, disposable baby diapers, packages of hand wipes and other hand-sanitizing items, bar soap, clothing detergent, small towels, Band-Aids, paper products (paper towels, toilet paper), and crayons and paper tablets for children.

Donations can dropped off at ICS and BAHS (main lobby) during school hours, or at ReVision Energy, 758 Westbrook St., South Portland, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Islesboro Central is also accepting cash and checks with which staff members will purchase needed goods. Contributions (checks made payable to ICS with Hurricane Relief in the memo line) may be dropped off with Melissa in the school office.

In 2017, ReVision collaborated with other solar companies to send three identical solar-powered trailers to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria to aid first responders and victims.

Designed by solar energy engineers from companies in the national co-op, the emergency solar power unit is an enclosed trailer with six photovoltaic panels and eight deep cycle batteries that feed a total of 30 electrical outlets (two in each gray cubby) on the exterior of the trailer so people can plug in devices and appliances that need power.