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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.


A Strategic Emergency Backup Power Plan Keeps Business Running: What’s Your Backup Plan?

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 14, 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. For some businesses, locking the doors and waiting for power to return might be a viable alternative. For others, full operation for the duration of the outage is the only option. For most companies with branch operations, the best solution is often a strategic mixture of coverage based on the critical nature of products or services, location, population density or any number of other factors.

No Backup

Lock up, go home and wait for power to return. There are no customers and there is no revenue until power is restored.

Orderly Shutdown

Safely shut down computers and registers. Key customer/business data is protected, but customers will have to go elsewhere until utility power returns.

Limited Operation

With backup power for essential circuits, you can stay open for business, but not at full productivity. Losses are reduced and you can continue to provide some level of service to your customers.

Full Operation

Operations continue as if there were no outage. Revenues increase and new customers are gained while competitors are closed or operate at reduced capacity

When Will it Happen to You?

It will happen. The only questions are, “When?” and “How much will it cost?” Every year, more than 2 million U.S. businesses experience a power outage lasting eight hours or more. The cost of these outages is astronomical in terms of lost revenue alone.

Causes of Power Outages

  • 38% Weather: lightning, wind, rain, snow, heat, cold and ice
  • 26% Utility equipment problems and grid overload
  • 12% Fallen trees or tree growth
  • 10% Animal contact
  • 8% Human error: Underground digging, cranes, traffic, vandalism, etc.
  • 6% Miscellaneous: Mechanical damage, construction error, fire, etc.

Lost revenue is only part of the story. When you consider some of the other direct costs and intangible losses, it’s easy to see why an extended outage can be devastating.

  • Data can be lost
  • Employees are idled
  • Manufacturing processes are disrupted
  • Refrigerated goods spoil
  • Security systems may be disabled
  • Customers are inconvenienced and buy from your competitors

Causes of Power Outages

Power outages are not confined to the coasts and “Tornado Alley”. In fact, more than 60% of all power outages are not weather related at all. The need for electricity is increasing at a phenomenal rate and utility companies are finding it difficult to keep pace with the growing demand. As a result, the overloading of our aging power grid has become an ever-increasing cause of extended outages nationwide.

For more information on back up power for contingency plans, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.


Power Outage Leaves Airport in the Dark

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 07, 2019
South Shore Generators - Back Up Power for Data Centers

A spectacular light show caused by an electrical emergency in Queens created moments of panic for some at LaGuardia Airport Thursday night.

Airline passengers were left in the dark inside the transit hub’s terminals, but why? 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 left many wondering how an airport the size of LaGuardia, in a city the size of New York, shut down from a mere 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 over the holiday.

Nearby, Rikers Island prison reported no sustained power outage thanks to 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,” Cuomo said.

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

“It’s very concerning,” she admitted regarding the temporary terminal outages. “We don’t want people in the dark.”

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, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: CBS New York


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