Wayne Gutschow with a solar unit at Nextek Power Systems...

Wayne Gutschow with a solar unit at Nextek Power Systems in Bohemia, one of three local companies sending more generating stations to Haiti this week. The next targeted market: Africa. (June 14, 2012) Credit: Ed Betz

About a year ago, a consortium of three Long Island companies got together with the idea of supplying power systems to parts of the world where there are shortages.

What gave the group hope is that last year it had built six U-Haul-sized electricity-generating stations and shipped them to Haiti. Another nine were expected to go to Haiti by the end of this week.

Now, the consortium -- Dynamic Supplier Alignment of Selden, Nextek Power Systems of Bohemia, and Vision Quest Lighting of Ronkonkoma -- is working on a package of deals with governments to ship about 2,500 advanced power systems. Some 2,000 would go to the Republic of Senegal in Western Africa, about 300 to Nigeria and another 225 to Haiti.

Ron Tabbitas, president of Dynamic Supplier, said if all the units are shipped over the next several years, the work could be worth as much as $50 million in sales.

George Hochbrueckner, a former Democratic congressman from Coram, arranged to bring Vision Quest into the consortium to manufacture the systems. Hochbrueckner also helped secure $1.2 million in state tax credits for the company, which is required to create 50 new jobs to receive the credits. Hochbrueckner is a consultant to Vision Quest.

"There will be no shortages of places [around the world] that could use this technology," Hochbrueckner said. The systems are trucked to "off-grid" rural areas to power cellphones, computers and portable devices.

Larry Lieberman, Vision Quest's president, said he is looking to expand his 18,000-square-foot facility and add at least 25 employees to the 34 he has now. "We expect to deliver 100 units a month," Lieberman said. "This would be a big thing."

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