Challenging weather can shut down restaurants, banks, gas stations, and grocery stores for prolonged periods of time. When these businesses have to close their doors-even for a day-their owners can lose big, in both sales and reputation.
A survey conducted by the Electric Power Research Institute estimates the total cost of power outages from 985 industrial and digital economy firms to be between $132 and $209 billion.
With this in mind, many of today’s business owners are opting to research and invest in their own backup power systems, doing all they can to keep their doors open when disaster strikes and grid power fails.
When business owners decide to implement an emergency backup power system, they have some very important choices to make before determining what type of backup power solution they should select. Should they purchase and install a permanent generator and automatic transfer switch (ATS), which automatically turns on when power goes out? Or should they rent a portable generator and connect it to a manual transfer switch (MTS) when an extended outage occurs or is imminent?
An MTS solution can provide significant savings for small businesses compared to an ATS, while protecting business owners from the consequences incurred by an outage. Business owners can save so much money by going with a portable generator and MTS setup. For many small businesses, the MTS and portable generator is simply the better choice.
Some facilities, such as hospitals and data centers, can’t afford to be without power for any period of time and therefore require a permanent generator and ATS. However, many businesses can afford to be without power for a short period.
If you are a bank, a gas station, or a large box store, you can afford to be down for 20 min, 30 min, or 1 hr. You can modify your operations to work through the time it takes to wheel a portable generator in place. hook it up, and do the actual transfer. Both an MTS and ATS have their applications. But for many small businesses, we contend that it makes financial sense for many of them to choose an MTS and portable generator solution.
For more information, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.