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Back Up Commercial Generators for Hurricane Season

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 16, 2019
South Shore Generators - Wareham, Boston, MA

Hurricane season is upon us. Hurricane season extends through the end of November when storms can and will strike with wind intensity that could exceed 111 mph. During storms like this, grid failures can be expected. If you are running a business, this is reason enough to consider a backup generator in advance.

South Shore Generator offers commercial generator arrangements for all types of industries, especially during hurricane season. This is more of a rising need in a competitive market as businesses suffer significant revenue and reputation loss by not being prepared for storm-related power outages. Business operators now realize the importance of having a reliable and quickly executable power contingency plan. Backup portable generators are at the top of the list for most contingency plans so that continued business operations are guaranteed during storms and hurricanes. Commercial generators will jump into action when the need arises without losing any time.

Time is very crucial to business operations and storm-related downtime can dramatically affect profit and productivity as well as increase storm-related damage. If you want to secure your business, consider back up commercial generator rentals. Those interested in securing back up power can contact South Shore Generator for more details.

What Every Small Business Owner Should Know about Generators

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 08, 2019
South Shore Generator - Wareham, Boston, MA

When storms and other natural disasters strike, small businesses are especially vulnerable to power outages. While larger companies may have multiple locations that can pick up the slack while operations at one site shut down, the same is usually not true for the typical small business.

As a result, small business owners should take every available precaution to protect themselves from the wrath of nature. In fact, failure to plan for a power outage could result in a loss of business, inability to communicate with customers or clients, temporary (or even long-term) closure, and loss of inventory.

Companies can combat these potential issues by obtaining a generator, which will help restore electricity in the event that power goes out. Regardless of whether you're a one-man show or a rapidly growing small business with numerous employees, having a generator onsite can help avoid the pitfalls that might otherwise ensue in the event of a power outage. The information below outlines some basic information all small business owners should consider when determining whether to purchase a generator.

Different kinds of generators

Two basic varieties of generators are available on the market. Automatic, or standby, generators are permanently connected to a building's electrical system. When the power shuts down, those generators automatically detect the problem and restore power to the building. On the other hand, portable, or backup, generators run on gasoline or diesel and have to be manually installed once a power outage occurs. While automatic generators require little or no work for the business owner, portable generators are typically less expensive.

Safety first

When it comes to generators, safety should be the first priority. Portable generators often emit potentially harmful levels of carbon monoxide. Therefore, they should never be placed indoors when operational. Instead, most manufacturers and industry experts recommend placing standby generators outside at least ten feet from the building it is servicing. That reduces the possibility that harmful emissions will enter the building through windows, doors, or other openings. However, as an extra precaution, management should ensure that buildings are equipped with operational carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. In addition, use heavy-duty, grounded extension cords that are designed for outdoor use. Never refuel gas-powered generators while they are running. In fact, it's best to let the generator cool off completely before refueling to avoid a fire or explosion.

Capacity

Before making a purchase, discuss your energy needs with a company representative or salesperson. A typical generator cannot harness enough wattage to power an entire commercial building. Therefore, focus on what your main priorities will be in the event of a power outage and ensure that the model you select can satisfy your needs.

Properly operating a generator

First and foremost, you should always operate a generator according to the manufacturer's instructions. Consulting local building codes may also be necessary depending on the kind of generator you select. And never be shy about asking questions of the retailer or a licensed electrician. It's much better to get all the information upfront rather than scrambling to find answers in an emergency situation. To minimize potential operational problems, generators should be tested periodically. Again, don't wait until you're in a bind and actually need the generator to find out that it isn't working properly. In addition, take great care not to overload a generator, as that could cause a fire or damage appliances.

Noise

Unfortunately, noise is a normal byproduct of generator use. And some models are particularly loud. Therefore, operate the generator only when necessary to avoid disturbing neighbors. Automatic standby generators are generally quieter than portable models.

Conservation

Operating a generator only when necessary is important. If no power is needed at a given moment, make sure to turn off the generator to avoid waste. Also, keep in mind less expensive alternatives to running a generator. For example, in certain circumstances, battery-powered lights might work just as well as light fixtures fueled by a generator.

A generator may not be a foolproof solution to keeping your small business going during a power outage. However, generators can be helpful in minimizing the problems that going off grid can cause.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator.

Source: triplepundit.com

Industrial Diesel Generators Provide Big Power

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 24, 2019
South Shore Generators - Wareham, Boston, MA

The Generac line of 750 kW – 3.25 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.

Inside every Generac generator is over half a century of innovation hard at work. Before a design goes into production, we test every aspect of it in our own state-of- the-art R&D facility, to UL2200 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. Our 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.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator.

Source: generac.com

Backup Power for Light Rail Crossings

Joseph Coupal - Monday, February 11, 2019
South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA

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, their 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.

The technological advances in natural gas generators by Generac has 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, contact South Shore Generator.

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

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

Back Up Power for Hotels

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 05, 2018
South Shore Generator - KOLHER Industrial Generator

Hospitality has Gone High Tech. Back Up Systems Have Too.

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

KOHLER provides the reliable backup power 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.

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

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