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Industrial Power Transfer Switches for Generators – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Generac Power Systems, a leading designer and manufacturer of backup power generators, unveiled its new line of Power Series transfer switches.

The Power Series transfer switches can be used with Generac’s newly expanded industrial standby generators. The new ATC-900 transfer switch control offers robust supervisory and programming capabilities, making it ideal for facility operators and engineers alike.

From transfer switches to industrial generators, Generac has the full lineup to provide what’s needed for industrial applications that require backup power systems

The Power Series Transfer Switch line includes 14 different platforms with capabilities up to 5,000 amperes (amp). It features open and delayed transition on three cycle switches, and short time ratings to aid in breaker selection and selective coordination, which is essential in mission critical applications. It also includes a double-throw interlock transfer mechanism for higher reliability and safety from unintentionally paralleling two sources of power. The service entrance is 100 percent rated, and the top, bottom, and side cable entry eases installation.

The ATC-900 controller brings intelligence, adaptability, and enhanced supervisory and programming capabilities to the PSTS product offering. The control is either standard or available as an optional add-on depending on the platform chosen.

Advanced diagnostics allow the controller to capture and record up to 450 real time-stamped events – including the last 12 events captured two seconds before, and two seconds after – which enables users to diagnose power anomalies faster. It’s equipped with 20 inputs and outputs (four of each are customizable), and has a variety of monitoring and control functions, such as remote load testing and selective load shedding. Operating parameters can be set using a computer, or can be saved to a jump drive and uploaded directly to the control. Utility metering packages are also available.

System information is displayed on a 4.3-inch color monitor and a LED mimic bus. Color-coded LEDs provide Available and Connected status indication, while the Main Menu screen offers transfer switch status at a glance, as well as load-metering data and active alarms. Navigation is simplified with easy to use arrow keys.

The Power Series Transfer Switch and ATC-900 transfer switch control are now available. Contact South Shore Generator for more information.


Residential Backup Power Generator With an Upgradeable Transfer Switch – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Generac, a leading designer and manufacturer of backup power generators, now has a revolutionary, all-inclusive, residential backup power kit.

The new HomeLink 6500E is an affordable, safe, one-of-a-kind backup power solution that integrates an upgradeable transfer switch and a portable generator in one package. The kit enables homeowners to properly prepare for power outages, with the ability to back up essential circuits using the portable generator – and easily upgrade to an automatic home backup generator in the future with the HomeLink upgradeable manual transfer switch.

Say goodbye to those frustrating hours spent without power, dragging out extension cords and potential backfeeding, and say hello to this easy-to-use, powerful backup power package.

The new 6500E portable generator is designed to provide residential backup power to essential circuits. When the 6500E isn’t providing home backup power, it can be used to power recreation equipment, tools and more.

Included with the 6500E is the HomeLink upgradable manual transfer switch. With a push of a button, this versatile, innovative transfer switch allows homeowners to easily harness the power of their portable generator to power hardwired circuits in their home. And when homeowners decide to upgrade to an automatic home backup generator, electricians can simply change out the subpanel, conveniently preparing the pre-wired switch for an automatic home generator to backup essential circuits. This greatly reduces the typical installation cost of an automatic home generator because all the circuits have already been wired.

It is a pre-wired electrical device that is installed next to a home’s utility panel. During an outage, it allows a backup generator to deliver power to hardwired appliances, such as a furnace, refrigerator or well pump. Power indicator lights show homeowners when they have utility power or generator power.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator.


Generac Generators Offer Smart and Affordable Backup Power – Wareham, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 14, 2016

Generac backup power generators has launched two new technologies that make installing an automatic home backup generator easier and more affordable for homeowners.

Generac’s new Smart Management Modules (SMM) are a load management system that allow homeowners to purchase a lower kilowatt automatic backup power system that fits within their budget, while the new automatic transfer switch helps reduce installation costs for customers with an electrical panel located outside the home.

Homeowners need affordable, quality backup power solutions. The introduction of the Smart Management Modules and transfer switch ensuring that automatic backup power systems are available for all homeowners.

Smart Management Module (SMM)

Generac’s new Smart Management Modules (SMM) are a load management system that manages backup power to essential circuits identified by the homeowner, and pushes available power to non-essential circuits, as it becomes available.

These systems are wire-free, which makes them easier to install since no control wires are required, and helps lower installation costs. Up to eight Smart Management Modules can be installed with a compatible automatic transfer switch, to manage power loads. And each unit is compatible for indoor and outdoor installations. Additional features include an LED indicator light, which allows homeowners to verify which essential circuits are receiving power, as well as a lockout switch that prevents unwanted operation of circuits while operating on generator power.

New 16 Circuit Weather-Proof Automatic Transfer Switch

The new 16 circuit NEMA 3R rated automatic transfer switch is weather-proof, and can withstand high winds, rain, and winter storms. Electrical circuits are protected by an aluminum corrosion-resistant enclosure, and it accepts breakers from multiple manufacturers. Power can be provided to up to 16 essential circuits in a home by using this new transfer switch and customers can expand their backup coverage to 24 circuits, through the use of tandem breakers.

Prior to this introduction, homeowners without a basement or interior utility closet had to purchase a costly, custom-built subpanel that could be installed outside the home.

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


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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