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Emergency Power for Municipalities

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 04, 2019
South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA

Municipalities are continually asked to do more with less whether its maintaining municipal buildings, providing a vast array of community services, or providing protection for citizens during emergencies. There is no one “cookie-cutter” generator solution that will meet the incredibly diverse needs of municipalities. The good news is that Generac Industrial Power provides a wide range of gensets, accessories, controllers, and enclosures, so we can help you find the optimum solution to surpass your challenges.

Your Need: Emergency Preparedness

With major hurricanes and massive flooding that can occur at any time, the role of emergency preparedness is very great. Citizens not only depend upon crisis services including first responders and 911 call centers, but they also look to municipal facilities for shelter during the storm. Authorities may also need municipal buildings to act as command centers in the wake of a disaster.

If that were not enough, FEMA and other governmental agencies are asking cities and towns to deliver more robust support systems to community members living in underserved areas and government-sponsored housing unit.

Police and fire stations, and 911 call centers must function during emergencies. Generac provides diesel gensets from 50 kW up to 2 MW to meet NEC and NFPA requirements for on-site fuel. And many of these gensets can be paralleled to meet even greater power requirements. Generac’s Modular Power Systems (MPS) feature on-generator paralleling so our units do not require dedicated and expensive third-party switchgear.

Future expansion generators simply tie directly to the generator bus. Because the paralleling is already built into the generator, the Generac MPS system inherently has greater flexibility for growth, requires less electrical room space, and reduces initial capital cost, which can help with your always tight budgets.

Paralleling also works for many government housing units as rooftop installations are being specified so flooding doesn’t impact power supply. MPS gensets are smaller and lighter weight which helps balance the rooftop load, while still providing the needed kWs.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Generac Backup Generators for Restaurants and Small Business

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 28, 2019
South Shore Generators - Generac Industrial Generators

275kW Gaseous Generator

Our natural gas generators provide full power protection for businesses such as gas stations and convenience stores to restaurants, schools, assisted living centers, and municipal buildings.

Small businesses drive our economy today. And, no business is “small” because so much is at stake—your brand’s reputation, your staff’s livelihoods, not to mention your significant investments in equipment, electronics, facilities, and inventory.

No matter what your need, Generac generators can protect yours—from the damage of power outages. You can rely upon Generac standby generators to protect your bottom line and give you an edge over the competition, with the best power for small business.

Generac offers a variety of small business power solutions—from easy to maintain small kW natural gas generators ideal for convenience stores, restaurants, warehouses, and offices—to large multi-megawatt paralleled solutions to ensure that your business runs smoothly.

For more information on commercial backup generators for your restaurant or other small business, contact South Shore Generator.

Developing a Strategic Emergency Backup Power Plan For Business

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 21, 2019
South Shore Generators - Generac Industrial Generators

Planning for the inevitable power outage can be thought of as a continuum from no backup power to complete coverage of all circuits in all locations. There is no single point on that continuum that is right for every business.

Things to Consider

  1. How important are your products and/or services during an extended outage? High priority examples:
    • Gas stations, convenience stores
    • Supermarkets
    • Pharmacies, drug stores
    • Restaurants
    • Building supply stores
    • Telecommunications
    • Media (radio, TV, newspapers)
    • Municipal services (water, sewer, garbage pickup, etc.)
  2. Which areas (cities, counties, states or regions) represent the highest priority needs for backup power? Consider:
    • Likelihood of an extended outage
    • Geographical location
    • Population density
    • Legislative requirements
  3. How many locations do you have in each priority area?
  4. Can each area be divided into smaller, contiguous territories to provide the best possible coverage with the fewest number of physical locations?
    • Distance (locations within X mile radius)
    • Population density (i.e., 50,000 people)
  5. Do, or can your locations within each territory offer different products and/or levels of service? Examples include:
    • Gas station vs. convenience store
    • Drug store only vs. pharmacy with food, personal items, gifts
    • 24 hour service vs. typical business hours
    • Full service restaurant vs. drive thru
  6. Which locations offer the greatest potential revenue during an extended outage? Consider:
    • Average number of customers
    • Average hourly revenue
    • Potential based on location, population, need for your products and/or services

Selecting a Backup System

Determining how much backup power will be required for each location can be a complex process. Always consult a professional for proper system sizing.

For “Full Operation”, the backup system must have an amp rating greater than the total of the electrical loads in each facility.

For “Limited Operation”, all electrical loads to be backed up must be taken into account. Since the power (amps) required to start some loads (air conditioning, refrigeration, etc.) will be significantly higher than operating amps, the system will need to be sized to handle starting amps as well as running amps.

Examples of Electrical Loads

  • Interior / exterior lighting
  • Computers / registers
  • Security system
  • Air conditioning / heat
  • Refrigeration
  • Pumps (fuel / water / etc.)
  • Ovens / ranges
  • Vaults
  • Other specialized equipment

For more information on backup power contingency planning for your business, contact South Shore Generator.

Source: generac.com

A Strategic Emergency Backup Power Plan Keeps Business Running: What’s Your Backup Plan?

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 14, 2019
South Shore Generators - Generac Industrial Generators

Planning for the inevitable power outage can be thought of as a continuum from no backup power to complete coverage of all circuits in all locations. There is no single point on that continuum that is right for every business. For some businesses, locking the doors and waiting for power to return might be a viable alternative. For others, full operation for the duration of the outage is the only option. For most companies with branch operations, the best solution is often a strategic mixture of coverage based on the critical nature of products or services, location, population density or any number of other factors.

No Backup

Lock up, go home and wait for power to return. There are no customers and there is no revenue until power is restored.

Orderly Shutdown

Safely shut down computers and registers. Key customer/business data is protected, but customers will have to go elsewhere until utility power returns.

Limited Operation

With backup power for essential circuits, you can stay open for business, but not at full productivity. Losses are reduced and you can continue to provide some level of service to your customers.

Full Operation

Operations continue as if there were no outage. Revenues increase and new customers are gained while competitors are closed or operate at reduced capacity

When Will it Happen to You?

It will happen. The only questions are, “When?” and “How much will it cost?” Every year, more than 2 million U.S. businesses experience a power outage lasting eight hours or more. The cost of these outages is astronomical in terms of lost revenue alone.

Causes of Power Outages

  • 38% Weather: lightning, wind, rain, snow, heat, cold and ice
  • 26% Utility equipment problems and grid overload
  • 12% Fallen trees or tree growth
  • 10% Animal contact
  • 8% Human error: Underground digging, cranes, traffic, vandalism, etc.
  • 6% Miscellaneous: Mechanical damage, construction error, fire, etc.

Lost revenue is only part of the story. When you consider some of the other direct costs and intangible losses, it’s easy to see why an extended outage can be devastating.

  • Data can be lost
  • Employees are idled
  • Manufacturing processes are disrupted
  • Refrigerated goods spoil
  • Security systems may be disabled
  • Customers are inconvenienced and buy from your competitors

Causes of Power Outages

Power outages are not confined to the coasts and “Tornado Alley”. In fact, more than 60% of all power outages are not weather related at all. The need for electricity is increasing at a phenomenal rate and utility companies are finding it difficult to keep pace with the growing demand. As a result, the overloading of our aging power grid has become an ever-increasing cause of extended outages nationwide.

For more information on back up power for contingency plans, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: generac.com

Power Outage Leaves Airport in the Dark

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 07, 2019
South Shore Generators - Back Up Power for Data Centers

A spectacular light show caused by an electrical emergency in Queens created moments of panic for some at LaGuardia Airport Thursday night.

Airline passengers were left in the dark inside the transit hub’s terminals, but why? Runways were also temporarily shuttered following the Con Edison voltage monitor malfunction which illuminated the New York skyline with an eerie blue-green hue.

The 13 minute power outage delayed some 15 flights from taking off for up to an hour and rerouted nine planes to other airports.

It left many wondering how an airport the size of LaGuardia, in a city the size of New York, shut down from a mere power outage. Shouldn’t there be an uninterrupted source of power on backup to keep the airport running right away?

“A power outage of this nature could happen at any airport,” LaGuardia General Manager Lysa Scully said.

But thousands of people were taken off guard over the holiday.

Nearby, Rikers Island prison reported no sustained power outage thanks to its backup system.

“LaGuardia has backup power, but it’s basically emergency backup power and not really a backup system that would allow the LaGuardia Airport to operate safely,” Cuomo said.

The runways were closed for 13 minutes as a precaution to make sure everything was safe.

“It’s very concerning,” she admitted regarding the temporary terminal outages. “We don’t want people in the dark.”

LaGuardia went through a rebuilding, but no backup power system was installed. So what’s the plan going forward to prevent what happened last week from happening again?

“Having LaGuardia backup generators that allowed LaGuardia to function is something that we’re going to further explore,” the governor said.

For more information on backup power, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: CBS New York

Remove the Anxiety of Medium Voltage Generator Systems

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 31, 2018
South Shore Generator - KOLHER Industrial Generator

With the unquenchable thirst for more power, we are finding more data centers are considering medium voltage solutions that use a medium voltage alternator and ANSI C37.20.2 gear. At the same time, many staff members and contractors are hesitant to work with medium voltage systems. The solution — Generac, MPS.

By paralleling on the low voltage side and feeding one or multiple transformers, many system advantages can be realized:

  • Facility staff are typically more comfortable interacting with low voltage generators.
  • Low voltage equipment is much easier and quicker to source.
  • Low voltage rental equipment can be used when needed.
  • No medium voltage paralleling switchgear sections are required, resulting in a smaller footprint and significant cost savings

For more information on low voltage generators, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Happy Holidays from South Shore Generator

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 24, 2018
South Shore Generator - Happy Holidays from South Shore Generator

Our warmest Holiday wishes from the entire team here at South Shore Generator. Calendar year 2018 was, and continues to be, a truly remarkable year and we take this moment to recognize the joy that each and every one of you has brought to our personal and professional lives. We exist because of your faith and trust in us.

As calendar year 2019 approaches, we reflect upon the foundational recognition that your success is our success. Our New Year’s wish for 2019 is to nurture our positive and ever strengthening partnership and to deliver ever increasing value to you and your business through the entirety of 2019.

Throughout this Holiday season may you be blessed with health and surrounded by friends and family. All the best! Cheers!

Backup Power Systems for the Hospitality Industry

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 17, 2018
South Shore Generator - KOLHER Industrial Generator

Not long ago, hospitality needs were simpler: nice room, clean sheets, more towels. Today expectations are much different, and they’re driving a huge need for next-generation backup power.

Whether traveling for business or leisure, hospitality guests expect fast, reliable Wi-Fi, digital reservation systems, mobile check-in, mobile concierge services and more. Add the emergence of new all-in-one entertainment complexes, and hospitality has become a whole new world.

Assessing Facility Needs

South Shore Generator provides the reliable backup systems you need to ensure unforgettable experiences—and earn the positive reviews your business depends on. We assess key needs including:

  • Safety
  • Continued operations
  • Emissions
  • Noise containment

Power Considerations

Every hospitality facility needs to be ready to run without utility power in the case of severe weather, weakness in the grid or even construction accidents.

All-in-One Entertainment

With stadiums or theme parks at the center, many new entertainment complexes are offering guests everything they need in one location. They can catch a game, relax at a spa, enjoy a high-end meal and rest in their hotel room—all on the same property or complex. This approach raises the stakes for backup power.

High-Tech Hotels

Rising affluence has led to more travelers from around the world. Whether they’re traveling for business or leisure, these guests expect fast, reliable Wi-Fi, digital reservation systems, mobile check-in, mobile concierge services and more. Those attending business meetings also expect hotels and conference centers to have high-quality tech equipment.

A New Type of Casino

To attract new customers, casinos are developing different types of games including fantasy sports, eSports and online wagering. These new games all require a significant amount of data and constant connectivity. And whether they’re playing these new games or the classics, guests expect their financial information to be secure.

We know there's a lot to consider. That’s why we make it easy. Contact us today and we'll take care of you every step of the way.

Source: Kohlerpower.com

Factors Health Care Facilities Should Consider When Installing Emergency Power Generators

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 10, 2018
South Shore Generators - Generac Industrial Generators

Health care facilities managers must consider a number of factors when it comes to installing and using emergency power generators. When hospitals cannot maintain power, they place the lives of patients, employees and visitors at risk. Loss of communication is another concern, as is loss of key data. In addition, the impact of major weather events has shined a spotlight on a complex situation.

Moreover, as the health care industry moves to a hub-and-spoke model to provide more localized care, there is an increasing need for backup power at off-site facilities, thus ensuring that critical procedures are not interrupted in the event of a utility outage.

Government regulations are in place to make sure that off-site facilities have emergency power-generation equipment available, be it on a smaller scale. Ambulatory surgery centers are required by local and state codes to have emergency power. The same National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 110 standards apply to these locations as for a Level I trauma center. Emergency power must be available within 10 seconds to Life Safety and Critical Branch loads if a utility failure occurs. These same standards apply to some limited care and long-term care facilities.

Location, location, location

Generators, switchgear and fuel systems should only be installed in hospital locations where they are protected from inclement weather, floods, earthquakes and fire, according to Chisholm. This requirement rules out most basement and rooftop placements. Also, administrators must decide what services they are required to provide per agreements with other hospitals, state and local municipalities and for how long, in the case of an extended utility outage.

This could dictate the type of fueling system options (natural gas, diesel or a combination of both) and tight compliance with EPA Tier 4 regulations on the latest diesel engine designs. Contrary to popular belief, the newer natural gas- and propane-powered sets can be used on selected projects in several states.

Hospitals typically require multiple generators because of their size and the importance of power to overall operations. As a result, paralleling switchgear is important to meet their sequence of operation. Switchgear — tailored to specific needs — provides hospitals with the ability to control power for their existing load while ensuring that they’re covered for unforeseen events.

A key paragraph in NFPA 110 requires that hospitals restore power to essential life safety loads in 10 seconds or less.

Most technological advances in generator engine and alternator design during the past 10 years involve controls. The monitoring and controlling features of generators have allowed operators to understand and do much more with their units. The controllers also have increased the capability of onboard paralleling features to reduce the need for expensive switchgear.

The latest generator-set controllers from Kohler Power Systems are robust, intuitive and easy to use. They offer generator-set controllers to parallel and load manage different types of fuel systems. For example, paralleling a 500-kilowatt (kW) diesel generator with a 200-kW natural gas generator is a relatively simple process. Customers also have the ability to add different size generator sets to expand their system as their facilities grow.

There is more demand from hospitals for integrated emergency power systems from a single supplier — everything from the generator set to the paralleling switchgear/controls/automatic transfer switch to the uninterruptible power supply. There is also more interest in natural gas solutions for load management and cogeneration, which leverages waste heat from the generator-set package for facility heating or the production of chilled water.

More dual-fuel generator units, which run on diesel fuel and natural gas, are being used in hospitals. The big attraction of this technology is extended run times. The health care facility is able to enjoy the benefits that an endless fuel supply of natural gas brings without exposure to disruption that a utility connection brings. This approach also gives facilities managers the ability to maintain a smaller amount of on-site diesel fuel.

Dual-fuel sets actually can double the time a hospital stays on emergency power, experts agree. Also, if a natural gas connection is shut off, the generator can still run on full diesel, which makes for a win-win situation.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator.

Source: hfmmagazine.com

Backup Power for Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care Facilities - Wareham, Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 03, 2018
South Shore Generators - Back Up Power for Data Centers

Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care Facilities Need Low Maintenance Units

Diesel generators require constant care. With engine requirements for low-sulfur diesel fuel, the fuel now needs to be re-conditioned every 12-16 months to ensure stability and ease of flow. This fuel requirement, along with the maintenance of the exhaust after treatment system, requires an experienced facility manager to handle this process. If you do not have this person on staff, you would need to turn to a third-party provider for the service, which will add cost. It will also require the rental of a backup generator during servicing when not using a MPS solution.

To reduce the maintenance burden, many short and long-term care facilities are turning to natural gas generators, as they need little maintenance. They are also eco-friendly with fewer emissions and a smaller carbon foot print.

For more information on industrial generators, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: generac.com


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