Renting an industrial emergency backup generator during a natural disaster or other power outage can be a
challenging, if not an overwhelming undertaking. When a widespread power outage occurs, industrial rental generators become scarce very
If you look at the statistical data on the number of businesses that lost power during recent hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, or fires, they numbered in the tens of thousands. Businesses that had an emergency power plan, experienced a dramatically reduced impact to their operations, revenue and profit.
Preparation is the key to ensuring your business or construction site will have access to emergency power, when and where you need it.
Here are some things to consider as you develop your disaster relief plan related to power:
Determining power needs:
The nameplate on your main electrical panel will tell you what the maximum amount of power that could be
used in amps and volts. Buildings typically use far less than the panel’s rating.
Determine the actual electrical load your building uses by connecting an ammeter on each electrical panel during peak load. The preferred method would be a two-week load study to determine max load of electrical panel to be supported with a backup generator. Knowing the maximum actual connected load will greatly reduce your rental expense in a disaster and increase your ability to procure an industrial rental generator.
Reviewing your utility bill over several months to get an average usage is another way to verify actual load. Where will the industrial backup generator be placed? Once the required load is identified, the kW size of the industrial generator can be determined. Portable generators can be as large as a semi-trailer, so placement is an important consideration. Placement of the backup generator should be as close to the electrical panel as possible to minimize the amount of electrical cable that will be needed to connect the rental generator.
Information your power company will need to know to make these connections:
Fueling Of The Generator
Backup generators can require an enormous amount of diesel fuel. Your industrial generator rental company can provide you with estimated usage amounts. Important factors are:
Backup generators become scarce when a disaster or power outage occurs. Having identified an emergency
generator power provider well in advance is only one important step to take. All metropolitan areas have generator rental companies, but
will they have a unit for you when you call? And how well-equipped and experienced are they in providing industrial generators in disaster
response situations? Some industrial generator rental companies specialize in providing emergency power during disaster situations. Being
able to supply the information above, will be a requirement for them to provide you with the proper equipment to meet your needs..
During an emergency, proper planning is critical to being able to keep your business up and running. Once you’ve taken the steps to prepare yourself for the next power outage, it’s a good idea to keep an “Emergency Generator Power” file with all the important information above in an accessible place for all key personnel.
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