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Back-Up Power Generators Keep Operations Up and Running

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 13, 2020
South Shore Generators - Generac Industrial Generators

Every businesses relies on electricity.When power outages strike, it is important that your business stays operational when the competition cannot. When there is a power outage caused by a winter storm in the area, business owners can rely on power generators to help keep commercial operations up and running.

Most businesses in Massachusetts relay on owning a back up power generator. While there is an initial expense for the outlay of cash for the purchase, owning a back-up power supply eliminates the additional expense of downtime.

Power loss translates to profit loss because output is delayed. This is reason enough to opt for back-up power. In Massachusetts and all of New England, power outages are not uncommon and network downtime can often last for days. In order to keep businesses up and running during these outages, business owners can choose reliable and efficient portable generators and the related power generation equipment for business continuity. Generators provide foolproof, temporary power solutions in the absence of electric power.

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

Rental Generators For Back-up Power

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 07, 2020
South Shore Generators - Wareham, Boston, MA

In business there can be no shortage in power. Competition is fierce so companies must remain operational even during outages. However, unexpected events happen. During winter storms or system maintenance, companies can make use of generators for back-up power.

Another application for generators is as back-up power for supplemental purposes and for maintenance services instead of using facility loads. With generators in place, the power to the entire building will remain on and equipment can seamlessly remain up and running.

Competition can be tough and companies must be prepared. By choosing to put in-place back-up generators, companies will not suffer loss from outages. Buying standby generators is often impractical especially for businesses that want to minimize costs.

For more details on generators for back-up power, contact South Shore Generators in Wareham, MA.

Emergency Power Preparedness for Winter

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 18, 2019
South Shore Generators - Boston, Wareham, MA

As we watch the snow fall, and we've watched it fall a few times already this month, we urge all Boston area business owners to remember that our winters can be long and harsh seasons; and winter has not even officially begun.

Winter begins next week and it can last for 5 months! It is always wise for area business owners to periodically review their disaster preparation plans to be sure they are prepared for the worst. Now is the time to strategically plan your back up power generation contingency plans for the upcoming winter.

When winter storms strike, businesses need a pre-planned and rapid response source of emergency power generation. South Shore Generator serves that business need. Our generators are trusted to serve businesses with commercial refrigeration, data centers, office space heating and cooling, construction lighting, and a host of other commercial services. Contact us.

For more details about rental power, spot cooling, and spot heating contingency planning and delivery services throughout the greater Boston area, contact South Shore Generators.

Power Outage Leaves LaGuardia without Power Last Winter

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 09, 2019
South Shore Generator - Wareham, MA

Remember last January? A spectacular light show caused by an electrical emergency in Queens created panic at LaGuardia Airport.

Airline passengers were left in the dark inside the transit hub’s terminals. 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 makes you wonder how an airport the size of LaGuardia, in a city the size of New York, could be shut down from a 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.

Nearby, Rikers Island prison had no sustained power outage because of 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.

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

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, because outages can happen anywhere at anytime, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: CBS New York

Portable Generators for Construction Sites

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 03, 2019
South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA

Commercial portable generators provide affordable power solutions to commercial and residential construction sites. Backup power solutions minimize a builder’s cost by keeping projects running on schedule. When looking for the right temporary power solution for your job site it is important to fully understand all factors.

Here are some key tips to make that happen:

Work closely with your Generator retailer: They will help you determine the right portable generator unit for your job site or application. When you become familiar with your dealer and process, it will be a smooth and efficient process for each and every different job site.

Secure required permits and schedule inspections to prevent work stoppage. Make sure your dealer is knowledgeable about your local building codes and regulations. The process for obtaining permits and scheduling inspections will be expedited when you build rapport with local inspectors and learn the particulars of using temporary power solutions in your area.

Only allow experienced and certified technicians set-up and remove portable generator. Although the task is often taken for granted, it's critical to have certified personnel who are well versed in determining appropriate pole locations, assessing ground status, underground utility definition, and one who can configure your often times complex electrical distribution system. This ensures the safety and efficiency of your power network.

For more information about setting up portable generators at construction sites, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Scenarios Where Backup Generators Save Businesses Money

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 18, 2019
South Shore Generator - Boston, Wareham, MA

Backup generators are an excellent solution in a multitude of business settings. Having them in-place makes them available for long-term, emergencies or one-time use. They serve as a temporary measure until power issues are resolved or more steady power is established.

Here are some scenarios where having backup generators can save businesses money.

Grid Power Failure

Business that have standby generators can benefit from unreliable power grids. When you have power and your competition does not, your business will prosper. Generators are necessary in Massachusetts during those times of the year when weather conditions are extreme and the need for backup power arises.

Events

Consider the vast array of energy consuming equipment needed to facilitate an event. Often grid power is not available and often it is not sufficient enough to power all the equipment at an event. Excessively long cable runs cause problems including tripping and the potential for connectivity failure. Generators are viewed by seasoned event coordinators as a necessity to deliver a quality event.

Planned Plant Shutdowns

This is an easy one. Although normal plant production is paused there are still a multitude of tasks that are ongoing and require power. Plant lighting, HVAC, lifts and other devices require steady and reliable power during plant shutdowns.

Emergency Cases / Contingency Planning

Aside from weather disturbances, there are also technical glitches that occur within utility substations which cause both outages and unstable electrical delivery. Smart operations managers build standby power generation into business continuity plans.

Contact South Shore Generator to learn more.

Generators for Winter Storm Season

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 11, 2019
South Shore Generators - Wareham, Boston, MA

Winter is fast approaching and can extend far into the spring when anywhere from 10-16 storms could strike with the intensity of wind, ice and snow. During storms like this, grid failures can be expected. If you are running a business, this is reason enough to consider getting generators in-place in advance.

South Shore Generator offers knowledge of generator systems and a huge inventory for all types of industries. This is a rising need in a competitive market because businesses can suffer significant revenue and reputation loss by not being prepared for storm-related power outages. Business operators realize the importance of having a reliable and quickly executable power contingency plan. Commercial generators are top of the list for contingency planning to guarantee continued business operations during storms. Industrial generators allow businesses to immediately respond to power loss with no interruption to production. When the need arises, the generator will jump into action without loss time.

Time is 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 and decrease the risk of operational downtime, consider commercial generators before winter starts. Contact South Shore Generator for more details.

Portable Generators Keep Businesses Running in Winter

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

Thank goodness that hurricane season is coming to an end, but that doesn't mean business operators can relax when it comes to the risk that the weather poses to operating a business. Winter storms can impact Boston businesses even more than hurricanes. The wind, snow, ice, and rain during winter storms can take their toll on electrical infrastructure causing outages that can last for hours or days.

To ensure business continuity, business owners should consider installing portable generators as part of their business contingency plan. Contingency planning to include emergency power generation vs struggling at the last minute to rent emergency generators makes perfect sense. Regional businesses should take a look at the portable generator inventory and consult with our technicians for help devising a plan prior to the arrival of the first winter storm.

Contact South Shore Generator for more information on options that will guarantee your business continuity throughout the upcoming winter and beyond.

Generators for Hurricane Season

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 28, 2019
South Shore Generator - Kohler Pro7.5e portable generator

Hurricane season is approaching. A near normal hurricane season, which extends from June 1 to the end of November, includes 10 to 16 named storms (winds of at least 39 miles an hour); 4 to 8 of which may grow to hurricane strength; and 1 to 4 of that bunch developing into a major hurricane of 111 mph winds or higher. Need any more reason to consider a generator?

Plan ahead. Keep in mind that buying a generator isn’t like buying a lawn mower or snow blower—you shouldn’t just go and get something that looks good, even in a pinch. Your best bet is a stationary generator, which is pro-installed and switches on when needed. But they can take weeks to install given local zoning laws that regulate permits, setbacks, and inspections after you’ve selected the model itself.

Safety first. And even if you buy a portable generator and plan to run extension cords for your lights and refrigerator, for safety's sake we recommend having an electrician install a transfer switch for a less messy hookup. An electrician can also help you decide how capable a generator you need for the wattage of what you need to power.

Here are some generators from our generator tests that are worth your consideration:

Portable Generators

Portable generators need to be taken outdoors once the power goes out (and whenever else you run it) and started up. They typically run on gasoline, which means you’ll need to keep some on hand. A 7,000-watt portable will use 12 to 20 gallons of gas per day if run continuously. Be sure to add stabilizer, and fire the machine up about every month to be sure it’ll be ready when you need it.

One of Kohler's first portable generators, the 6,300-watt Kohler PRO7.5E, $1,400, delivered ample clean power and many helpful features such as electric start, fuel shutoff, and low-oil shutoff, which protects the engine from overheating if the oil level dips too low.

The 7,000-watt Generac RS7000E, $900, supplied more than enough wattage to power our test appliances and handled surges very well. That power was also fairly clean. Helpful features include electric start, fuel shutoff, and low-oil shutoff.

Stationary (Standby) Generators

For the least fuss—at least once it’s installed—a stationary generator comes on when the power goes off, runs on propane or natural gas, and also starts itself periodically to run diagnostic checks. With most, you need to check the generator’s display for error codes that might require service from your local dealer. A few models have optional modules that will text or email you and/or a dealer should attention be required.

The Generac 6237, offers capable performance. It's claimed to offer 7,000 watts using natural gas and another 1,000 if you use propane. It also comes with a transfer switch, needed for safe operation. Among helpful features is low-oil shutoff with a warning indicator. An add-on option, $280 plus a regular fee, lets you monitor your generator’s status from anywhere using a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

The Kohler 14RESAL, was top-notch at delivering ample, especially smooth power, and it’s claimed to offer 12,000 watts using natural gas and another 2,000 if you use propane. It was among the quietest of the models we tested and includes a low-oil shutoff with a warning indicator. It also comes with a transfer switch. An add-on module, $475, lets you monitor your generator’s status from anywhere using a Windows PC.

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

Source: consumerreports.org

Commercial Generators for Businesses and Outdoor Events

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 22, 2019
South Shore Generators - Generac Industrial Generators

Most of our everyday lives are heavily reliant upon electricity. Residential and commercial generators provide backup power or whole-house power in the event of a power outage. Likewise, portable and inverter generators provide a main source of power to remote and mobile locations such as construction sites, RVs and boats.

Generators can be expensive depending on the type. Important things to consider when choosing a generator include size, output, capacity, fuel efficiency, noise level, technology and cost.

Commercial standby generators

Commercial standby generators are similar to home standby generators but on a larger scale. Commercial models can use paralleling systems to connect multiple generators and provide more power from a single line.

Businesses

Businesses with backup generators will never lose revenue due to lost productivity or downtime during a power outage. Essential businesses like hospitals, airports, data centers or government facilities will never have to worry about not being able to perform critical tasks when the power goes out.

People who host outdoor events

If business entertains or hosts events outdoors, a portable generator will allow you to power outdoor lights, heaters, fans and more.

GENERAC

For over 50 years, Generac has been making residential standby generators. Today it also makes portable and industrial generators, fully automatic transfer switches and accessories for backup power applications. Consumers can choose from multiple fuel types for their generators and many different series and models based on their specific needs.

KOHLER

Kohler can trace its roots back to 1873 making cast iron castings. Today, along with plumbing fixtures, engines and furniture, it manufactures multiple models of industrial, home, portable, mobile and marine generators. Kohler generators can be fueled by natural gas or diesel and can be used to power anything from campers, boats and RVs, to large businesses and data centers.

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

Source: consumeraffairs.com


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