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Hurricane Irene hitting Over Yonder Cay

Hurricane Irene hitting Over Yonder Cay

NPS 100: Hurricane resistant, reliable, safe, quiet, and efficient

Over Yonder Cay harnesses the natural power of the wind and sun to meet 96% of its energy needs. Its renewable energy system has proved very popular with guests of the exclusive island resort. It gives them peace of mind to know that all their activities are supported via an energy source that is not impacting the local or global environment.

Situation overview: On August 24, 2011 Hurricane Irene strengthened into a category 3 major hurricane while passing through the Bahamas, leaving behind a trail of extensive damage resulting in monetary losses in the Caribbean estimated to be as high as $3.1 billion.

Results: The island of Over Yonder Cay took a direct hit from this category 3 hurricane. Despite the strength of Hurricane Irene, both Northern Power 100 kW wind turbines entered into safe mode on August 24, 2011 after detecting high winds and returned to normal operation on August 25, 2011 at 9:30 am.

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