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Choosing a Commercial Generator? Selecting the Best Fuel Option

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 15, 2019

Diesel, Natural Gas, Dual-Fuel, Bi-Fuel: How Do I Choose?

Diesel generators are the established standard for power generators, however several options are emerging to address issues such as smart grids, grid reliability, and environmental regulations. Fuel prices, supply, and maintenance are key factors in life cycle costs and reliability for power generation.

Several factors favor the use of gaseous fuels :

  • Relative fuel prices between 15 ppm ultra-low sulfur diesel and natural gas widening
  • Forecasts of domestic natural gas availability extremely robust
  • Energy and environmental policies now incorporate Full Fuel Cycle analysis, bolstering gaseous fuels
  • Life cycle costs for gaseous generating sets are improving, including power density (first cost), fuel economy and maintenance costs

While these gaseous fuel options are not viable for Critical Operations Power Systems (NFPA 70 Article 708), natural gas, dual-fuel or bi-fuel generator equipment can provide advantages in reliability and life cycle costs for many backup power applications.


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

Source: generac.com

Portable Generators Can Save Small Business Owners Time and Money

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 10, 2019
South Shore Generator - Portable Generator

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.

Source: csemag.com

Industrial Generators Built to Withstand Hurricanes

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 01, 2019
South Shore Generator - KOLHER Industrial Gas Generator

KOHLER has you covered with factory-direct impact- and wind-rated generator enclosures.

Accessories Enclosures are designed to cover and protect the generator from outside elements, animal intrusion, and unwanted entry

STANDARD FEATURES

  • Kohler offers Sound and Weather enclosures
  • Sound enclosures feature UL 94HF1 flammability classification and have options for Level 1 and Level 2 Sound Enclosures
  • Aluminum and Steel enclosures are available consult the specification sheets for more details
  • Approvals and Listings may include: UL2200 Listing, cUL Listing , CSA Certified, IBC Seismic Certification, and California OSHPD Pre-Approval (Please see specification sheets for details)

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

  • Complete enclosure testing by Florida Professional Engineer (PE)
  • Large Missile Impact Level E [Florida Building Code (FBC) TAS-201-94] testing
  • Uniform Static Air Pressure (FBC TAS-202-94) testing
  • Cyclic Wind Pressure Loading (FBC TAS-203-94) testing
  • Ultimate Design Pressure – Wall Panels ±65PSF; Ultimate Design Pressure – Roof Panels ±100PSF testing

RECOMMENDATION

For any outdoor generator installation.

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

Source: kohlerpower.com

What Every Small Business Owner Should Know about Commercial Generators

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 25, 2019
South Shore Generators - Generac Industrial Generators

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. 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 in Wareham, MA.

source: triplepundit.com

Medical Data Center Secures Records With Generac Modular Power System

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 21, 2019
South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA

In the midst of a facility expansion in March 2007, MVP Health Care (MVP), Rochester, N.Y., decided that a reliable mode of standby power was required to ensure smooth operations and to keep all of its clients’ medical records and information safely housed. MVP, a health care provider in Vermont, New Hampshire and New York state, has been committed for 27 years to making a positive impact on the health and wellness of its customers. The need to keep medical records and information safe was a logical investment and consistent with thecompany’s mission.

While there was an immediate need for a larger location, MVP also needed to allow for future growth. The goal was that no matter how much the company grew, there would always be backup power protection should there be an outage due to the inclement weather that is typical of Rochester, especially during the winter months. When Generac Industrial Power dealer R.L. Kistler learned of MVP’s interest in standby power, Rob Sweeney, sales engineer, knew he had a system to satisfy its needs.

Based in Rochester, R.L. Kistler has been a Generac dealer since 2002, covering much of the upstate New York area including Buffalo and the state capital of Albany. Sweeney was approached for this project by the engineer, Mark Picard, owner, Picard Engineering, Rochester, who was originally looking for backup power that had either a single engine or a modular system; this was still up for debate.

“When Mark told me what they were looking for, I knew right away that the Generac Modular Power System (MPS) was the way for them to go. They had an immediate load demand of 1,100 kilowatts (kW) and wanted a system that had the potential to reach 1,600 kW, if needed,” says Sweeney.

“They were also in the market for a system that ran on natural gas rather than diesel due to storage limitations stemming from MVP’s metropolitan location and the fact that natural gas offered extended run times without concern for refueling. I told Mark he’d be hard-pressed to find a competitive system that would be able to not only meet their demands, but also be reasonably priced. After he had an opportunity to shop around, the job was ours.”

An Installation with Room to Grow R.L. Kistler administered the paralleled installation of 4 x 300 kW Generac natural gas generators in August 2008. Because MVP intended to grow over time, the company needed a system that was modular and did not need to be replaced every time it expanded. As the installation began, Sweeney wanted to make it as easy as possible for the building to add onto the four existing gensets as needed. “We installed a concrete pad designed to hold a maximum of six, 300 kW generators. So when the time comes to expand the system, there is room for two more 300 kW Generac MPS generators, making the placement less labor intensive,” says Sweeney.

In addition to the versatility that comes with a Generac MPS, price was also a factor. In the past, the high cost of paralleling switchgear made the multiple unit arrangement feasible only for expensive, high-end applications. If MVP had gone with a traditional paralleling approach, they would have had to use 14 to 20 controllers from five different manufacturers. However, the Generac MPS Power Manager control technology only requires one digital control per generator to control all generator functions: speed governing, voltage regulation, genset alarm and monitoring, synchronizing, load sharing and protection – a much simpler and cost-saving approach.

Advanced microprocessors with highspeed, 32-bit digital electronics are integrated into the MPS controllers, providing paralleling capability and reducing equipment, maintenance and installation costs. Constantly monitoring power flow, controlling transfer switch functions and managing the operations of all connected generators are just a few of the features offered by the MPS controllers. The beauty of the Generac MPS system is that each genset backs up the others in the system, so critical loads receive state-ofthe-art redundant protection, in addition to providing all the benefits of paralleled power generation in a simple, single-source system.

Looking to the Future

Today, the Generac MPS system backs up three floors, one of which houses the main data center -- a total of 50,400 square feet - and MVP has no plans to stop there. “This ear, we’ll be adding another 150 servers to our data center on the first floor and while we are appropriately sized right now, we have space to add two more 300 kW gensets and in time that’s exactly what we plan to do,” says Craig Solow, supervisor of windows administration, MVP. “We could not be more pleased with the natural gas MPS system from Generac. Out of our 10 sites, the Rochester location is the only one that has a modular backup system, the rest are running on single systems and I am confident that the Generac MPS system is the most secure. Since we installed the Generac MPS system, we’ve had a few outages, some planned, some unexpected, but whatever the case, the transition to standby power was seamless. The MPS system started right up and kept us operating at business as usual for the entire length of every outage. Most companies fear outages, and while we don’t look forward to them, we know that we’re covered.”

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

Industrial Generators Designed for a Vast Range of Options

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 11, 2019
South Shore Generator - KOLHER Industrial Gas Generator

Designed for industrial users, industrial generators cover a wide field of applications and offer a vast range of options and retrofitting to fully meet the requirements of all configurations. They provide, as needed, back-up power or a continuous electricity supply. In highly sensitive sectors, the solutions guarantee continuity of electricity supply to counter any outage or instability affecting the mains supply.

In isolated areas without mains electricity, KOHLER generators provide a continuous, reliable and safe power supply. Depending on the environment, they can also be configured for optimum noise levels. Soundproofed industrial generating sets therefore offer back-up power combined with user comfort in terms of noise pollution, via strict compliance with applicable noise standards.

Do you work in industry, construction or engineering? Contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Commercial to Heavy Industrial Gaseous Generators

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 28, 2019
South Shore Generator - KOLHER Industrial Gas Generator

From light commercial to heavy industrial, KOHLER gaseous generators from 25 to 400 kW are customized to your specs and available EPA-certified. Large gaseous models from 400 to 1300 kW are designed to work specifically for standby, prime or continuous applications – whatever you need.

KOHLER gaseous generators are built to power every critical application from simple to complex - including hospitals, gas stations, data centers, airports, and more. Available in a range of sizes up to 1300Kw.

The Right Power. The Right Power Rating.

  • Available in natural gas, LP, dual fuel systems
  • Offered from 20 - 1300 kW
  • Our 1800-rpm engines run quietly, offer extended life and provide cost-effective performance
  • KOHLER large gas generators run cleanly and need no after-treatment to meet strict EPA emissions standards
  • Available with a variety of KOHLER Decision-Maker® controls for basic, advanced and paralleling requirements

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

New Industrial Light Commercial Generators for Emergency Applications

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 27, 2019
South Shore Generator - KOLHER Industrial Generator

KOHLER has introduced three new industrial light commercial generator models for stationary emergency applications. The KOHLER 25CCL, 30CCL, and 36CCL are 60Hz generators, which can be fueled by either natural gas or liquid propane and integrate the KOHLER APM402 controller as well as a KOHLER 2.2-liter turbocharged engine. The new generators provide advanced voltage and frequency regulation along with ultra-low levels of harmonic distortion for excellent power quality and enhanced protection for sensitive, valuable electronics.

Providing between 25kW and 36kW of reliable backup power, these three models are the ideal size for a wide variety of commercial and light industrial settings. With the APM402 controller, these new units offer comprehensive system monitoring and diagnostics while the KOHLER turbocharged engine delivers proven reliability and performance in the field. These new generators are loaded with beneficial features.

The KOHLER 25CCL, 30CCL, and 36CCL generators meet National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 110, Level 1 requirements when equipped with the necessary accessories and installed per NFPA standards. All three models also utilize an aluminum sound-attenuating enclosure for quiet operation and come standard with a five-year or 2,000-hour limited warranty for additional peace-of-mind. To learn more or for complete product specifications, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

What’s a Commercial Generator? - Wareham, Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 20, 2019
South Shore Generator - KOLHER Industrial Generator

A standby commercial generator keeps your power on and your business open during an outage. It’s installed outside your business (like an AC unit) and comes on automatically — whether you’re open or closed. All within seconds of a power outage.

Plus commercial generators run on propane or natural gas, so there’s no refueling.

Power It All

KOHLER generators can power your entire business.

Industrial Fridge/Freezer

If you’re a restaurant or convenience store, your food is everything. If it doesn’t stay cool, you don’t either. Our philosophy: fresh is always best.

Security Systems

Your security system protects your business. We protect your security system. That’s what we like to call good-old fashioned peace of mind.

Computers

Revenue records, inventory numbers, employee information — all your important files live here. We safeguard them from erratic power and keep you connected to the world.

Gas Pump

Guess what? When the power goes out everywhere else, you’ll be the only convenience store pumping gas. Your customers are going to like that. A lot.

Heat/AC

Whether it’s the dead of winter or dog days of summer, your HVAC is what keeps your employees and customers comfy and your building protected. And a happy customer is a loyal customer.

Lights

Let there be light. That’s our philosophy any way. Come hurricane, hail or ice storm, your business will still be sunny inside.

Towable

  • Designed for powering remote locations, sporting events and concerts
  • Manual power transfer once generator is on site (building requires pre-wired generator connection panel)
  • Can power critical hard-wired systems like A/C, heat, computers, security systems, refrigerators and freezers with generator connection panel
  • Runs on diesel fuel

Commercial

  • Ideal for backing up your business
  • Automatically restores power in seconds - whether you're open or closed
  • Powers your business, including critical hard-wired systems like A/C, heat, computers, security systems, refrigerators, freezers, and more
  • No refueling - runs on your small business's natural or LP gas

Who needs one?

Today backup power is important for every small business owner.

These are just a few of the benefits:

  • Protects your revenue stream and your inventory during an outage
  • Keeps the lights, AC and heat on
  • Powers your communications, computers and security system
  • Keeps your customers coming back and encourages new customers to count on you

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

Source: kohlerpower.com

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.


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