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CHOICES TO MEET YOUR POWER GENERATION NEEDS

When storms and other natural disasters strike, businesses are especially vulnerable to power outages. Some 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 from the wrath of nature.

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
  • Loss of Inventory

Companies can combat these potential issues by obtaining a generator for a one-man show, a rapidly growing small business with numerous employees, or a large business, having a generator onsite can help avoid the pitfalls that might otherwise ensue in the event of a power outage.

CHOICES TO MEET YOUR POWER GENERATION NEEDS

When storms and other natural disasters strike, businesses are especially vulnerable to power outages. Some 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 from the wrath of nature.

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
  • Loss of Inventory

Companies can combat these potential issues by obtaining a generator to one-man show, a rapidly growing small business with numerous employees, or a large business, having a generator onsite can help avoid the pitfalls that might otherwise ensue in the event of a power outage.

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CUSTOMIZED SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR NEEDS

Generator Authority has found, however, that most larger commercial applications have unique needs requiring custom specifications. This may include factors such as the electrical or fuel requirements of the generator – or the installation location—on an outside pad, indoors, parking garage, or up on a rooftop. And in many cases, a generator system may need to be configured to meet specific noise requirements, or NFPA code requirements.

Fuel choices are now playing an even greater role…while diesel has been the traditional choice, natural gas, and bi-fuel generators offer greatly extended runtimes, so you can protect your facilities for much longer periods of time during a crisis. These generators are also eco-friendly with fewer emissions compared to diesel so many businesses are making the switch. And Generac’s Bi-Fuel™ generators are the only ones fully integrated—and EPA compliant—straight from the factory.

Tailor Components for Your Needs

Your application may need larger alternators, sound-attenuated enclosures, or other specially engineered features, and we can deliver that. Generac’s configured generators are created to give you performance, reliability, and durability. Our Power Design Pro™ app can help you size your generators as well as recommend options that meet your design requirements.

SERVER ROOMS

Generators are a key to server room reliability. Supplementing a battery-based uninterruptible power supply (UPS) with an emergency generator should be considered by all server room/data center operators. The question in North Texas (NTX) has become increasingly important as more than 64% of all power outages in NTX are weather related, combined with nuisance and frequent power interruptions in the grid, sometimes resulting in hours and days of utility power loss.

Beyond disaster protection, the role of a backup generator to provide power is important when utility providers consider summer rolling blackouts and brownouts and data center operators see reduced utility service reliability. In a rolling blackout, power to industrial facilities is often shut down first. New data center managers should check the utilities contract to see if a data center is subject to such utility disconnects.

WHAT SHOULD YOU CONSIDER BEFORE GENERATOR DEPLOYMENT?

Generator Size. When sizing a generator, it is critical to consider the total current IT power load as well as expected growth of that IT load. Consideration must also be made for facility supporting infrastructure (i.e. UPS load) requirements.

Fuel Type. The most common types of generators are diesel, natural gas or propane. There are pros and cons to each as diesel fuel deliveries can become an issue during a natural disaster and gas line feeds can be impacted by natural disasters. Making the right choice for your data center generator depends on several factors. The fuel type needs to be determined based upon local environmental issues, availability, and the required size of the standby/emergency generator.

Deployment Location. Where will the generator be installed? Is it an interior installation or an exterior installation? In some cases, an exterior installation may require the addition of an enclosure. The enclosure may be just a weather-proof type, or local building codes may require a sound attenuated enclosure. An interior installation will usually require some form of vibration isolation and sound attenuation between the generator and the building structure.

Exhaust and Emissions Requirements. Today, most generator installations must meet the new Tier 4 exhaust emissions standards. This may depend upon the location of the installation (i.e. city, suburb, or out in the country).

Required Run-time. The run-time for the generator system needs to be determined so the fuel source can be sized (i.e. the volume of diesel or the natural gas delivery capacity to satisfy run-time requirements).

WHAT TO DO AFTER YOUR GENERATOR IS IN PLACE?

The generator owner should have a service agreement with Generator Authority.

Preventative Maintenance. Preventative maintenance should be performed at least twice a year. Most generator owners who envision their generator installation as being critical to their business execute a quarterly maintenance program. Generator Authority will notify the generator owner when important maintenance milestones are reached such as minor rebuilds and major overhauls. The run hours generally determine when these milestones are reached, but other factors related to the operational characteristics of the generator(s) also apply to determining what needs to be done and when it needs to be done.

Monitoring. A generator monitoring system should be employed to provide immediate alerts if the generator suffers a failure or becomes active because the normal power source has failed. The normal power source is typically from the electric utility company, but it could be an internal feeder breaker inside the facility that has opened and caused an Automatic Transfer Switch to start the generator(s) in an effort to provide standby power. We provide 24/7 monitoring and service.

Regular Testing. The generator should be tested weekly for proper starting, and it should be load tested quarterly to verify that it will carry the critical load plus the required standby load and any emergency loads that it is intended to support. Generator Authority provides commercial generator sets for power ratings from 22 kW to 600 kW. We can develop the necessary calculations to properly size your requirement and help you with generator selection, procurement, site preparation, rigging, commissioning, and regular maintenance of your generator.

CELL TOWERS

If you are a cell tower owner or contractor, you understand the importance of standby generators. You also know that downtime is costly and limiting generator failure during performance is critical.

Generator Authority has your solution for installation, service and repair for your cell site. We can remote monitor most generators for immediate diagnostics and calls for service. A regular maintenance program custom designed for your sites includes following all FCC and RF safety codes and reporting. We track the disposal of all hazardous fluids and materials per EPA regulations. We will also stock common repair parts and items for your generators and provide 24-hour on-call support.

Refurbishment of Existing Generators

Generator Authority makes old, rusted, existing generators like new again by refurbishing them. We can remove the generator from a site and bring it to our shop in Azle, TX. Our on-site services include engine replacement and repairs, troubleshooting transfer switch problems, load testing, and regular maintenance. Our team can also help assess your system to ensure it’s working properly or offer recommendations to improve your existing generator backup protection reliability.

How it works:

  1. We will place a portable generator on site to handle power disruptions while the generator is being refurbished.
  2. The generator is thoroughly inspected and serviced accordingly including sandblasting to remove rust and paint making the generator look new again.
  3. We then, replace the refurbished generator on site and complete the installation without any service interruptions.