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Industrial Generators Provide Backup Power for Healthcare

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 24, 2018
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Everyone knows that when hospitals are not functioning due to an outage, they place the lives of patients, staff members, and visitors at risk. What administrators and facility managers often do not realize is that during a time of crisis, a lit hospital is like a beacon to residents. Many visitors won’t leave and many community members flood in, looking for shelter, assistance, food, and water.

If your hospital backup generators are only sized to supply your most critical functions, you will likely have issues handling this crowd of people. Elevators may not be operating, hallways may not be lit, and your cafeteria may not be able to serve food. Your generators need to be able to provide the power to support all of your community, not just your patients and staff.

In addition, recent trends also show the health care industry is moving to a hub-and-spoke model to provide more localized care. This means ambulatory surgery centers, long-term care facilities, and hospice centers may require healthcare backup power to ensure critical procedures are not interrupted in the event of a utility outage, as well as maintain patient safety and comfort.

While healthcare facilities do not need to be Tier 4 compliant for engines, many utilities require compliance to obtain access to their generation. The issue for hospitals is the extra maintenance requirements that are associated with Tier 4 engines, including the emissions systems.

Healthcare Requirements Go Beyond NEC and NFPA

It is well known that hospitals and many other healthcare facilities must adhere to National Electric Code (NEC) 700 and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 110 standards, meaning emergency power must be available within 10 seconds to life safety and critical branch loads if a utility failure occurs.

What is not as well known is that over time, healthcare facilities often open new wings or add new state-of-the-art equipment to better serve patients. It becomes unclear what systems are linked to the generators, and performing routine load bank exercises do not provide this vital information. While it may seem unsettling, the best test is to kill power to the building and determine which loads are actually connected to the backup system. It is better to do this before an actual emergency occurs, so staff members have time to react and correct any issues or add generators, if needed.

In addition, administrators, facility managers, and specifiers may need to meet state and municipal codes for the location of generators and minimum generator runtime standards. For example, emergency generators need to be protected from floods, earthquakes, and fire, so those requirements typically rule out most basement and rooftop placements. Next week, find out more about " Natural Gas or Bi-Fuel Generators for Healthcare".

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

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Generators Case study: How one local business weathered a widespread power outage

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 19, 2018
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Where were you when the lights went out? If you’re like many people, during last March’s storms you were at home. Eventually, when the lack of power at home was too much and went out in search of warmth, a hot meal, and good company, you found yourself at the nearest restaurant with a generator. 

Last March’s Nor’easters hit Massachusetts hard, leaving nearly 200,000 without power. The South Coast and Cape Cod experienced the most outages. Sandwich, Dennis, and Harwich lost 90 percent of their service. Chatham lost 100 percent. Despite the entire town of Chatham losing power, one of the town’s most popular eateries, The Chatham Squire, stayed open, thanks to a generator installed by us here at South Shore Generator. 

The Squire is a local institution and a popular gathering place for Chatham residents. It’s been serving lunch, dinner, and adult beverages since 1968. When the power goes out, it’s where locals go. Places like The Squire are the reason restaurants are among our most important commercial clients. They understand the value of keeping the power on – both for themselves, and for the communities they serve. Because of their location at the end of the power grid, Richard Sullivan, general manager of the Squire, says his restaurant is used to power outages in the winter and brown-outs in the summer. 

“The big goal for us is to keep the doors open,” he says. “We try to stay open the whole time and the generator allows us to do that.” Without a generator, Sullivan says the draft beer system wouldn’t operate, nor would the freezer or walk-in refrigerator. Perishables – like meat, milk, fruits and vegetables – would your local source for….. Office Equipment Office Supplies Call for Free Delivery Office Commercial Furniture Printing Services Available We can beat anyone’s prices! 800-273-6012 capeplymouthbusiness.com | September 2018 | Cape & Plymouth Business 45 be lost. 

“It’s vital. A lot would spoil,” he says. “Having a generator in Chatham is a no-brainer.” Of course, the value lies in more than just preventing the loss of costly provisions. By having a generator, The Squire, like our other restaurant customers, continues to operate during power outages, and so continues to generate revenue. Even more important, staying open builds customer loyalty and strengthens a restaurant’s relationship with its community. 

The Squire prides itself on being the local place where those without power turn for a hot meal and to swap storm stories. “It’s important they have a place to come after a storm,” Sullivan told us. “The owner feels we have to be here for the community. Not just for our customers who lose power, but the men driving the plows and the emergency workers.” He reports that The Squire has only been forced to close one day in 30 years. It has its strong community spirit – and its generator – to thank. 

If you’re a restaurant, or any business where people turn to after a storm, let South Shore Generator Sales & Service advise you on the generator that’s right for you.

Industrial Generators Provide Backup Power for Manufacturing

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 17, 2018
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The backbone of America relies on power generator manufacturers. Everything from vehicles to medical equipment to furniture to electronics to aerospace to pulp and paper mills to plastic molding, and so much more. When the power goes out due to grid failures or weather, you could suffer inventory losses, equipment failures or miss “just-in-time” delivery dates resulting in the loss of thousands or even millions of dollars in revenue. For many processes, loss of power spoils the end product which now becomes scrap and has to be disposed. Staff members working overtime hours will not be able to compensate for the waste.

With all that heavy lifting, you need genuine power to keep you operating during an outage. No worries— industrial generators provide the muscle you need.

Rely on Industrial Power

There are a vast array of backup/emergency and prime power solutions to meet your needs. From low kW generators that are ideal for smaller manufacturers such as tool and die shops and commercial printers to multi-megawatt solutions designed to keep large operations running smoothly.

Providing Big Power 750 KW – 2 MW Generators

The line of 750 kW – 2 MW industrial diesel generators combines the precise components, designed, manufactured, and supported by a single source—Generac Industrial Power. These components are all specifically designed and built to meet the highest reliability and performance standards.

Need More Power? Consider MPS

While many facilities can be served by a single large kW generator, your operation may be growing and need more flexibility and scalability for backup power. Generac’s disruptive Modular Power Systems (MPS) allow you to easily add generators as your power needs grow. These MPS features integrated on-generator paralleling so there is need for expensive and large third-party switchgear. This means you can purchase the kWs that meet your power needs now, and grow as needed. This allows you to invest more of your initial capital in equipment or machinery that serves your core business functions.

Fuel Choices to Meet Your Needs As Well as Growing Emissions Concerns

With best-in-class engines for harsh environments, Generac Industrial Power diesel generators feature proven injection technology with increased tolerance for dirty fuel, common in generator applications, ensuring dependable performance.

While diesel has been the traditional fuel choice, many manufacturers are considering their carbon footprints and taking steps to become more eco-friendly. Should your company be considering these options, Generac manufactures generators that run on natural gas, which has significantly reduced emissions compared to diesel.

We also offer pioneering bi-fuel generators, which start on diesel and transition to natural gas as load is applied. This assures you have the initial power to take the heavy starting load of motors or other equipment, while providing significantly longer run times and less diesel fuel storage. It’s a win-win-win.

Enclosures Build to Survive in Harsh Environments

The enclosures for our large industrial generators are all built in-house at one of our USA-based manufacturing facilities. We understand what it takes to not only build a generator that lasts, but one that is built to handle the conditions on your site. Manufacturing our own enclosures ensures your unit combines heavy-duty durability, noise reduction, weather resistance, and single source responsibility.

At Generac, one of the largest diesel generator manufacturers, we understand the challenges manufacturers face because we are one, too. You can be assured — we work as hard as you do.

For more information, contact South Shore Generators in Wareham, MA

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Backup Power for Educational Facilities

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 11, 2018
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Generac Makes the Learning Curve Easy for Educational Facilities Requiring Backup Power

Educational facilities can face weather events, grid failures, or potential threats from outside parties. Power outages can cripple schools with impacts on class schedules, as well as the potential for data loss and critical equipment damage. For universities, this could mean losing thousands of dollars and countless hours of student and faculty time should heating/cooling units preserving grant-based experiments become inoperable.

Even elementary and secondary schools have fire alarms, phone systems, and computer networks that may need protection from a backup generator in case of a power outage. In addition, many educational buildings are used as fall-out shelters, so backup power is needed for emergency lighting to ensure safe passage for everyone in the building.

Power Up with MPS

With so much at stake, many educational facilities are relying on high kW generators to provide the standby/emergency power needed. These generators can ensure the heating, cooling, ventilation, refrigeration, security, and elevator systems can continue to work. These capabilities allow a school to continue functioning until normal power is restored.

Generac’s inventive Modular Power System (MPS) for paralleling generators offers educational facilities the power, redundancy, scalability, and safety required. The MPS approach does not require dedicated 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.

With Generac’s MPS system, the generators do not have to be next to each other to be paralleled. Many universities are using separate gensets located inside/outside different campus buildings to ensure safety from potential threats and maintain smooth operation.

In addition, the MPS allows you to combine fuel options: diesel, natural gas, or even bi-fuel. This not only gives you the benefits of genset redundancy, you also have fuel redundancy. Natural gas relies on a strong underground pipeline network that is rarely impacted by weather. Win-win.

Reduced Maintenance Natural Gas Generator Solutions

Natural gas generators are also becoming the preferred solution for many secondary and elementary schools as they do not typically have dedicated facility managers on staff. Natural gas generators require much less maintenance, while diesel generators need to have the fuel re-conditioned every 12-16 months, requiring either a skilled maintenance person or a third-party vendor to perform this task.

Natural gas generators also provide:

  • much longer runtimes
  • easier permitting
  • 90% fewer emissions compared to diesel generators

Generac is the expert in natural gas generators: with two Frost and Sullivan “Company of the Year” Awards and a recent Consulting Specifying Engineer (CSE) award for our 500 kW gaseous generators.

Take the Fear Out of Medium Voltage Generator Systems

With the vast needs for more power at educational facilities, medium voltage applications with a medium voltage alternator and ANSI C37.20.2 gear are becoming specified. At the same time, many staff members can be hesitant to work with medium voltage systems. The solution—our integrated paralleling MPS concept.

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

  • facility staff are typically more comfortable interacting with low voltage generators
  • flow voltage equipment is much easier and quicker to source
  • flow voltage rental equipment can be used when needed
  • fno medium voltage paralleling switch-gear sections are required resulting in a smaller footprint and significant cost savings

Generac Understands the Needs of Education Facilities

While every educational facility has different needs, we know the protection of students, staff, and visitors is principal. At the same time, maintaining the privacy of personal data and the preservation of valuable research experiments is vital. With more than five decades of experience, Generac can provide the solutions you need. Our wide variety of sizes, fuel choices, and configurations allows facility managers, engineers, and contractors to make the selections that provide the best value, while meeting your kW requirements.

South Shore Generator provides support during every part of the process from sizing to specifications to design and installation. We remove the learning curve entirely with proven products. Contact us.

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Emergency Power Generators Provide the Backup Power Small Businesses Need

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 05, 2018
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In the U.S., “what-if” power outage scenarios are becoming “when-if” scenarios. Between 2000 and 2013, there were an average of 200 reported power grid outages per year, which does not include the plethora of weather-related outages or accidental outages, which can be caused by animals or human error during a construction project.

We understand that small businesses drive our economy today. And, frankly, we don’t consider any business to be “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, back up industrial generators can protect your business from the damage of power outages. You can rely upon standby generators to protect your bottom line and give you an edge over the competition, with the best power for small business.

Industrial Power Offers Many Choices

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

When you start your business, every capital investment you make is critical. Generac’s innovative Modular Power System (MPS) can provide the needed initial kWs of power along with the benefits of redundancy, scalability, and safety, through integrated paralleling.

Since paralleling is built into the generators, the MPS system allows for growth, requires less space, and reduces your initial capital cost.

The costs to specify and install two lower kW paralleled versus one larger kW are quite similar. This makes choosing Generac’s MPS a smart decision for all types of and sizes of businesses.

Fuel Choices to Meet Emissions Concerns

On-site diesel fuel has been the traditional choice for standby power. At the same time, Generac manufactures generators that run on natural gas and liquid propane (LP) fuel, providing reduced emissions and maintenance, compared to diesel.

We also offer pioneering bi-fuel generators, which start on diesel and transition to natural gas as load is applied, providing significantly longer runtimes with less diesel fuel storage. This allows you to choose the standby power system that is the best fit for your business.

At South Shore Generator we can provide guidance on our durable and dependable gensets, as well as give advice about working with local codes and your local AHJs. For more information, contact us.

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Standby Power for Telecom

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 27, 2018
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Competition in the telecommunications industry means your network must be the best and most reliable. Factor in more than 400,000 calls to 911 being made every year on wireless devices. This means no failures, even during major grid or weather-related outages.

People are counting on you and you count on Industrial Power.

Backup Powr for Urganand Remote Cell Towers

Cell tower space is becoming crowded with so many other industries vying for the rented space. You need backup telecom generators that can deliver the need kWs, while fitting into a smaller footprint. Industrial Power provides rugged diesel and natural gas generators to provide the standby power for telecomm needed. They work well with critical power components such as UPS systems, rectifiers, and HVAC systems that ensures power will be continuous as the generator starts and runs up to speed.

Cell tower locations vary: they are either in the middle of cities or in the middle of nowhere. Generac manufactures sound-attenuated enclosures that reduce the noise level for city or urban cell tower locations. We also produce extreme weather-resistant enclosures, should your tower be located on a mountain, near the ocean, or in the Midwest and subject to a variety of weather events.

A range of controllers for remote monitoring are also available that shows all the vital operating parameters of the generator set.

Data Collection Centers Need More Power

Most providers use data collection centers to receive input from cells phones and other wireless devices and then re-transmit that data. These facilities require substantial backup or even prime power gensets to ensure the flow of information never stops.

Our line of 750 kW – 2 MW industrial diesel generators combines the precise components, designed, manufactured, and supported by a single source—Generac Industrial Power. We control every part of the production and testing process—engines, alternators, control systems, enclosures, and base tanks. These components are all specifically designed and built to meet the highest reliability and performance standards.

Take the Stress out of Medium Voltage Generator Systems

With the need for more power, we are finding more medium voltage applications with a medium voltage alternator and ANSI C37.20.2 gear, are becoming specified. Many staff members and contractors are hesitant to work with medium voltage systems. The solution is our integrated paralleling Modular Power System (MPS) concept.

By paralleling on the low voltage side and feeding one or multiple transformers, various 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.

While diesel has been the traditional fuel choice, many telecommunications companies are now considering the use of natural gas or bi-fuel generators as standby power for telecomm. This is done upon approval of the AHJ, to meet the need for extended runtimes.

Two Natural Solutions

Natural gas generators offer many benefits. They have reduced emissions compared to diesel generators, the permitting requirements are easier and you are connected to the natural gas pipeline which is rarely impacted by weather or other crisis events.

Bi-Fuel is another great option as you have the strong initial start from a diesel engine and then transition to primarily natural gas under load. Generac offers fully integrated solutions that are the only EPA-compliant generators straight from our factory in both the 500 kW and 600 kW nodes. These units can also be paralleled to create even larger kW requirements.

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

Source: generac.com

Providing Clean Water through Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 20, 2018
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The demand for safe water is growing rapidly. And as water consumption doubles globally every 20 years, municipalities are more focused than ever on using this resource wisely and efficiently.

Computers control water-processing and delivery systems, and sophisticated digital water meters and data analysis can improve operations and reduce costs. Yet those innovations and increasing regulations have put even more pressure on facilities to have reliable backup power systems.

Both water and wastewater facilities place great demands on pumping equipment for consistent water distribution and treatment processes. When pumps go offline due to power outages, these processes are halted and water distribution ceases. In the case of large municipalities, returning all plant systems to normal operations and resuming the distribution of water can be a daunting task. During prolonged outages, under-treatment may occur, and the penalties both in terms of financial and environmental damage can be severe.

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

Source: Generac.com

Backup Power for Light Rail Crossings

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 13, 2018
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Many communities are turning to light rail systems to provide more efficient ways for citizens to access downtown areas while at the same time helping to reduce emissions and parking challenges. Since light rail trains typically cross many busy intersections, during an outage, it’s vital crossing signals continue to function to help prevent dangerous accidents.

For light rail crossings, natural gas generators are becoming the preferred choice. Most light rail systems are located along the natural gas right of way making it easy to tie into the service lines. Generac offers gaseous generators from 22 kW up to 500 kW nodes, providing the power needed for most applications with limited service and maintenance requirements. In addition, these units can be paralleled to provide more kWs, as needed.

Generac's technological advances in natural gas generators have earned us awards from Frost and Sullivan as “The Natural Gas Generator Company of the Year”. In addition, the 500 kW natural gas generator recently earned a Silver Award from the readers of Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine.

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

Source: Generac.com

Industrial Generators Help Municipalities Serve and Protect Communities

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 06, 2018
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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.

Standy Power for Emergency Services

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 in industrial generators for municipalities, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: Generac.com

Assisted Care Facilities Upgrade Emergency/Backup Power Systems to Ensure Safety and Comfort

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 31, 2018
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It’s no secret our population is getting older. Projections by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation indicate that by 2030, global female life expectancy will be 85.3 years and male life expectancy will be 78.1 years. This means more assisted living and nursing home facilities will be needed to properly care for our seniors. All assisted care, nursing homes, and medical facilities must meet the backup/emergency power codes of NFPA 110 and NEC 700, ensuring essential electrical systems must be able to supply enough light and power for life safety in the event that normal electrical service is interrupted.

In addition, there may be state and local Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) requirements that address resident safety, zoning, noise, and other requirements that have to be addressed.

As a result, many assisted living facilities are upgrading their on-site generator units to ensure residents are not only safe, but comfortable during harsh weather or potential grid failures. On-site generation is also becoming a key selling point for assisted living centers as many families want to ensure their loved ones receive the best care.

Generator Retrofits/Upgrades for Assisted Care Facilities May Pose Challenges

Many health care groups purchase existing assisted care facilities to expand services in different cities. Many times, these tend to be older buildings that require upgrades for health and aesthetic purposes.

For on-site generation, the first step is to perform a comprehensive analysis of the facility to determine:

  • where the power sources are entering the building,
  • whether the existing systems meet current life/safety codes, and
  • potential growth opportunities, so generator sizing can be addressed.

“Frankly we see a lot of odd issues when we first evaluate an older building such as oversized units with 3000 amps being fed into a 200 kW generator, conduits buried in concrete, and annunciators that are not located near nursing stations or other areas to meet monitoring requirements,” said Keith Findley, Power Solutions Manager, EVAPAR, a Generac Industrial Power distributor.

“In addition, we still find that essential life/safety equipment and non-essential lighting and comfort systems are on the same circuit, which is no longer acceptable—those systems must be separated to meet code,” he noted.

An assisted care facility in Indiana, part of a large consortium of care facilities, had some unique challenges as it upgraded an assisted living center to better serve the residents.

“When we performed the initial evaluation, we determined the service feeders coming into the building were single phase 208 volts and three phase 480 volts, so it made sense to provide two different diesel generators–350kW and 500kW—along with the appropriate transformers,” said Findley.

The two units are not paralleled at this facility, although Generac’s innovative Modular Power System (MPS) can provide the needed kWs to address comfort systems along with the benefits of redundancy, scalability, and safety, through integrated paralleling.

“We selected diesel for the fuel as the staff was familiar with the products, fuel prices tend to be constant, and the Generac diesel gensets are tough and reliable. They also meet the requirements for on-site fuel storage and local AHJs tend to have more experience with diesel generators, although natural gas is gaining acceptance as on-site fuel,” he said.

With respect to sizing, EVAPAR evaluates overall electrical usage at the facility and sizes up at least 25 percent to ensure all key medical equipment, lighting, and essential systems can be powered in an emergency.

“We have also found that many facilities are sizing up to ensure non-essential systems such as refrigerators, stoves, air conditioning, and more, can be served by on-site generation,” said Findley.

Services for Assisted Care Facilities

With strict enforcement of the air emissions regulations, diesel powered generators do require extra care and regular fuel polishing. Distributors train the maintenance staff at the facility to perform the weekly generator runs and log the results to ensure compliance.

Many of Generac’s Industrial Distributors also offer programs to assist with annual fuel testing and polishing as needed.

“With so much on the line, it’s vital assisted living centers work with experts who understand the current and future needs, the rules and regulations, and can then design practical on-site generation solutions that keep the residents the top priority,” said Findley.

For more information on power generation for senior living facilities, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

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