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Generac Protector Series QS Gaseous Generator to Back Up Essential Elements of Your Business

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 13, 2020
South Shore Generator - Wareham, MA

Automatic Backup Power for Light Commercial Business

Looking to back up essential elements of your business? Consider the Protector Series QS gaseous generator line. These units powers sensitive business technologies and appliances during power outages, providing profit protection for businesses.

What Makes the Protector Series Such a Great Choice?

Generac's Protector QS series offers benefits that competitors can’t match. Low-RPM liquid-cooled engine for additional power, but extra-quiet operation and reduced fuel consumption. Installation flexibility and cost reduction. Sophisticated, yet intuitive controls. Quiet operation. Supported by a 24/7/365 customer support team at our corporate headquarters, and a nationwide dealer network of more than 6,000 strong.

The best liquid cooled engine packs more power into a smaller footprint - ideal when space is a premium. The neutral styling, color and small footprint fits unobtrusively into landscaping.

Quieter, Greener, More Powerful

Engineered to run at only 1800 rpm for substantially quieter performance, the low-speed, liquid-cooled engine on the Protector QS Series packs more power into a smaller footprint than air-cooled models. Enjoy reduced fuel consumption, and long engine and alternator life.

Clean burning, continuous fuel choice of natural gas to LP.

True Power™ Technology

Delivers best-in class power quality with less than 5% total harmonic distortion (THD) for clean, smooth operation of sensitive business electronics and appliances.

Evolution™ Controller

A cutting-edge, intuitive control. The Evolution controller features a multilingual, two-line LCD text display with color-coded, backlit buttons. It has received upgrades, including USB flash capability, smart battery charging, voltage adjustment, and backlit membrane pad style buttons.

5-year limited warranty with extended warranty options are available

We are proud of our innovative product design, high quality and first-class reliability so we stand behind them with a strong 5, 7 or 10-year limited

Durable Steel Enclosure

Sturdy galvanneal steel enclosure with a durable powder-coat finish for superior weather protection.

Aluminum Enclosure Available

Aluminum enclosures provide enhanced durability, and are corrosion resistant, a significant benefit for those businesses residing in coastal and salt-water environments.

Quiet-Test™

All backup generators run a weekly test to ensure the system is running properly. Thanks to Quiet-Test, your Protector Series generator runs its self-test at a lower, quieter RPM, and can be programmed to run weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.

Mobile Link™ Remote Monitoring

Mobile Link is the cellular remote monitoring system from Generac that allows business owners to check the status of their generator from anywhere in the world, using a computer, tablet or smartphone.

Additional Features

Improved stub ups and electrical connection access decrease installation costs. All connections are dual conductor rated, and the implementation of quick connects for the control wires, completely eliminates the need for crimping or lugging.

Improved customer connection access, which decreases installation costs.

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

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Commercial Generators for Grocery Stores

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 05, 2020
South Shore Generator - Wareham, MA

Businesses across the country now include emergency preparedness plans as part of their standard operating procedure. No plan is complete unless it includes backup power.

Of course, having a backup generator goes beyond fulfilling a government requirement. You're ensuring the lights remain on so that employees and customers exit the store safely. In addition, you're ensuring the health of your stock. No one wants to walk in to discover every item in the freezer section thawed overnight.

To handle the power needs of the average grocery store, a traditional household generator doesn’t cut it. You need an industrial unit.

How do You Know what Size Generator You Need for a Grocery Store?

Sizing the generator is the most difficult part. If the unit doesn't generate enough power to fulfill your needs, you may wind up damaging the items instead of powering them. A generator that's too large, though, just wastes your money.

You also need to make sure your generator is compliant with National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements, including sizing, use, installation, and safety features. The easiest way to determine size and remain NEC-compliant is to hire a certified electrician. He or she determines your power usage and generator needs by inspecting your facility and working with you to determine which units you deem critical to continue running in the event of a power outage.

However, you can determine generator size yourself; it just requires a willingness to perform a series of mathematical calculations.

How to Size a Grocery Store Generator

Start with an inventory of every item you want the generator to run in the event of a power outage. Then, determine the kilowatts (kW) of each item. The total is the amount of power you need.

You find the kW information listed directly on the item. However, a missing tag doesn't mean you can't find that magic number; it may be in the owner's manual or available online.

Some items list amperes instead of kW. In that case, you need to convert amperes to kW. Calculate resistive load kilowatts by multiplying the amperes by the volts. Calculate reactive loads by taking that product (amps X volts) and multiplying it by the load factor.

A less accurate calculation, though easier, requires using your store's square footage, using the formula 50kW plus 10 watts for each square foot. So, a 10,000 square foot store looks like this: 50 kW + 100,000 watts. There are 1,000 watts in a kilowatt, so that becomes 50 kW + 100 kW. Therefore, you need a 150 kW generator.

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

Bi-Fuel Generators for Businesses

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 27, 2020
South Shore Generators - Wareham, Boston, MA

Bi-Fuel generators combine the power of diesel fuel with the longevity of natural gas. They meet the NEC and NFPA code requirements for on-site fuel storage while providing the reliability of natural gas flow during a crisis or extreme weather event. Should natural gas not be available, bi-fuel generators can run on diesel fuel alone. By offering fully integrated solutions that are the only EPA-compliant bi-fuel generators available straight from the factory, Generac is able to provide dependable solutions with flexible fueling options to meet the needs of various backup power applications.

Inventive Bi-Fuel: The Ideal Combination of Diesel Power and the Longer Running Times of Natural Gas

Severe Weather. Human Error. Power Grid Vulnerability. Any one of these could leave thousands, even millions without power for days, sometimes weeks. You wisely installed a backup power system. If that system is based solely on diesel fuel, your power only stays on while the fuel lasts. With roads blocked and fuel being allocated solely to the most critical locations, your business could soon be plunged into the dark, waiting for power to be restored.

The solution is a Generac BI-FUEL™ generator. These inventive generators start on diesel fuel and add natural gas as load is applied, until the unit runs primarily on natural gas--offering dual fuel reliability. Statistics prove that natural gas lines are rarely affected during major disasters, so our BI-FUEL™ generators offer a continuous and reliable source of fuel, when you need it most.

BI-FUEL™ engines have been used in industrial applications for decades. However, the majority of those applications are third party, after-market conversions performed in the field. Generac offers fully integrated solutions that are the only EPA-compliant generators straight from the factory.

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

Reasons Businesses Should Have a Standby Generator

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 20, 2020
South Shore Generator - Wareham, MA

Maintain Customer Contact – While other businesses in your area may be unable to open because they do not have generators, you’ll be able to maintain contact with customers throughout the storm. Depending on your business, being able to have contact with your customers during a power outage is an invaluable service.

Lighting and Security – The inclusion of a transfer switch on a standby generator means that as soon as your business looses power, the switch senses that loss and is prompted. Once the generator kicks in, your business can continue to run lighting and security systems, which help to keep your business safe from looters.

Electronic Data – Computers are vulnerable to power outages. In the event of a major storm, data stored on hard drives that you, your employees and your business rely on could be lost.

Income – Losing power could force your business to stay closed, meaning you could lose thousands of dollars for every day you’re not open. A generator is a reliable source of backup power that enables your business to stay open, and allows your customers to stay connected.

Connection – Ensure your business is connected and can still operate during a power outage, including sending emails, faxes, making calls and using the internet. Being able to keep the power on enables your employees to have no downtime.

Always There – Standby generators are permanently installed at your building so they’re always ready for a power failure. Fueled by propane or natural gas, a standby generator is also connected to the building’s power grid by an electrician.

Know What Has Power – Another benefit to a standby generator is that you can choose which pieces of equipment or sections of the building will receive power. The building can be separated into electrical zones ensuring you receive power where you need it most.

Safer Than a Portable Generator – For a cleaner, more efficient option a standby generator is a safer alternative to a portable, gasoline-powered unit.

Sensor Based Activation – When the main power supply cuts out, the monitoring system on a standby generator engages the activation switch. Once the power is restored, the generator will shut down.

Choose the Size that Suits Your Business – Depending on your size, every business has unique power supply needs and demands. Take into account the amount of equipment, computers and buildings that you’ll need to power in the event of an outage and make sure your standby generator is sufficient.

Power is reliable, most of the time. However, "most of the time" isn’t "all of the time". A commercial generator makes good sense for your business. Before you invest in any kind of standby generator for your business, consider these features and talk with South Shore Generator about your options. Expect the unexpected, prepare for the unknown, and be ready for it always, with a generator.

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Joseph Coupal - Friday, February 21, 2020

Backup Power Keeps Businesses Prepared for Winter Weather

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 03, 2019
South Shore Generator - Generac Portable Generator, Wareham, MA

Weather drives the majority of power outages in the U.S., and winter is prime time for ice, snow, wind and freezing temperatures to create hazardous conditions that lead to utility power failures. Arranging for backup power is a key component in preparing for winter weather.

A Generac standby generator is the best choice for keeping critical systems running automatically in the event of a power outage. You can also consider a Generac portable generator. Next to a standby system, a portable generator is the best way to keep critical systems and appliances up and running during a power outage.

During a power outage, Generac portable generators make sure the most important items — lights, refrigerators and freezers, sump pumps and even space heaters — are up and running, minimizing any disruption to your businesses and revenue.

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

How Does a Standby Generator Work? - Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Watch the video to see an onsite demonstration of how a standby generator works for you. Starting with the transfer switch, the entire process will only take 10 seconds.



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

Tips from Kohler Generators for Keeping Your Home Safe During Extended Power Outages – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 30, 2017
South Shore Generator - Kohler Pro7.5e portable generator

Winter has arrived, which serves as an important reminder to homeowners about the importance of emergency planning. Severe winter weather can pack a powerful punch, so now's the time to mitigate the damage by prepping your home and family for the season. In addition to developing a storm survival kit and stocking up on non-perishable food and water, your storm preparedness plan should also account for life without power. Extended power outages in the home are a common by-product of storms with some outages lasting for days, even weeks.

An automatic standby generator is permanently installed outside a home, similar to a central air conditioning unit, and runs on natural gas or propane using existing gas lines. When power is lost to the home, a standby generator automatically turns on - typically within 10 seconds - and can power all critical systems and appliances within the home. Homeowners do not need to be present to operate or refuel the generator.

The power experts at Kohler Generators have developed a list of important things you can do to ensure the safety and security of your family and home during extended outages.

  1. Your smartphone contains important contact information and phone numbers. Be sure to keep those numbers on a piece of paper in the event that your phone loses power.
  2. Turn off major appliances such as water heaters, stoves and air conditioning units. Unplug other appliances such as TVs, stereos, microwaves and computers. This will prevent damage to appliances and possible overloads to the system when power is restored.
  3. Leave one light on so you will be able to see when power is restored to your home.
  4. Ditch the candles for battery-powered flashlights or lanterns. Keep plenty of extra batteries on hand.
  5. Stay away from fallen wires, flooded areas and debris. Treat all down wires and anything touching them as though they have electricity flowing through them.
  6. Do not connect portable generators directly to the electrical system of your home. Electricity could flow backward into the power lines and endanger lives. Either have a qualified electrician install a manual transfer switch or plug appliances directly into the portable generator.
  7. If you're running a portable generator, be sure to use properly rated extension cords (outdoor, electrical load and length). Also, make sure the portable generator is properly vented to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Do not place a portable generator in your home or an enclosed space with limited ventilation like a garage or a screened porch.
  8. Inspect the area around your electricity meter. If you detect or suspect any damage, call your local utility provider.
  9. Familiarize yourself with your main electrical panel. You may have to turn off the main breaker or have to reset circuit breakers after an outage.
  10. Consider installing a commercial-grade, automatic generator for your home. An automatic generator (aka standby generator) turns on automatically when the power shuts off and is permanently installed outside the home similar to a central air conditioning unit. It runs on natural gas or propane and hooks up to existing fuel lines in your home. A transfer switch constantly monitors utility power and transfers the electrical load to the generator if power is lost, protecting the home even if the homeowner is away. A standby generator can power critical and sophisticated appliances and systems in your home, including lights, heating/cooling systems, refrigerators, sump pumps, home security systems and more.

To determine if a standby generator is right for you, do your homework and looking for a unit that offers some of the following:

  1. A commercial-grade engine that provides clean, consistent power, handles heavy loads and powers up quickly.
  2. Make sure to purchase a standby generator with a minimum five-year warranty.
  3. Looks matter. A standby generator sits outside your home, so purchase a unit with a bold, clean look that is corrosion resistant.
  4. Some units have remote monitoring/operating capabilities via computer, tablet or smartphone. This is important for those who spend time away from home.

To learn more about standby power – and to determine what size generator is best suited for your needs contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

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What is a Standby Generator? - Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 09, 2016

A standby generator keeps your power on during a power outage. It’s installed outside your home and turns on automatically — regardless of if you’re home or away.

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

Watch the below video and have more of your questions answered. A home improvement expert breaks down the basics of backup power.

For more information on standby generators, contact South Shore Generator.

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Automatic Transfer Switches – The Brains of Standby Generator Systems - Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, December 04, 2015

Automatic transfer switches are typically the brains of your standby generator system. Whether they are installed indoors or out, these switches constantly monitor your utility power. When a power outage occurs, your facility will be provided with back-up power because the switch automatically turns on the standby generator, regardless of if you are in the building or not.

When the power fails, it can be very worrisome, especially when you are not on-site. Threats to your business can increase without a security system in place, data can be lost and perishable goods can spoil. Operations critical to your business are hampered. Data can be lost during sudden loss of power. Unexpected power outages are costly which makes it practical to purchase automatic transfer switches for generators in Wareham, MA. When the power goes out, standby generator systems will start immediately transferring the electrical load and restoring power to your business within seconds. Once the power is restored, the generator automatic transfer switch reverses the process, automatically switching off the generator without you commanding it.

To find out more about automatic transfer switches for standby generators, contact the South Shore Generator.


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