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Backup Power Solutions for Commercial Facilities

The Power is Out!

Step 1 - Determine the requirements of your Main Service Disconnect

A facility will generally have one utility service disconnect. This disconnect may be inside or outside, but it will be the first device after the utility meter.

A facility may also have up to six (6) utility service disconnects. This is known as the “Six Subdivision Rule.” If your facility has more than one utility service disconnect, then contact us for further review.

In terms of product selection, large power-critical operations, such as hospitals, schools, municipal facilities, large office buildings, and grocery stores should consider installing “quick-connect” switchboards that provide a connection point for bringing additional back-up generation on line. The switchboard or generator connection cabinet eliminates the need to modify a facility’s structure to accommodate generator cables or make additional field modifications to an internal switchboard. Once installed, the switchboard becomes a permanent connection point for mobile power at the facility. By simplifying connection tasks, more time is freed up to focus on important situations that occur during power losses.

A similar product is available for smaller facilities that have back-up power needs. Ideal for equipment rated between 100 amps and 800 amps, safety switch products provide facilities such as convenience stores, retail establishments, restaurants, small offices and extended care facilities with a low-cost, reliable connection point during power outages.

Step 2 - Determine the generator size in amperage that will meet your emergency requirements

While some facility managers may desire to run the entire operation under generator power, it is not a requirement to do so. You may choose to run only a critical portion of your facility during a power outage. The important component in the decision is whether you want to keep the whole facility operating as it would with utility-supplied power. Please see Generator Selection Chart. For assistance contact our sales department.

Step 3 - Determine whether the backup generators will be owned or rented

If the units will be rented, it will be helpful to make contact with a generator rental company to see what form of agreement is required to guarantee the delivery of the generator to the facility in a timely manner. The rental company will help you in this endeavor. Remember, rental generators are not generally available in a widespread power interruption without prior arrangements. Other considerations:

As you can see, depending on how much backup power you need and how long you’re willing to be without power – Eaton has various solutions for connecting backup power systems to many types of facilities. Should you invest in a permanent, on-site generator? Or does it make more sense to have portable generators stored in a central location and dispatched when needed? Can your business survive an outage of minutes or hours... or do you need continuous, uninterruptible power, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Depending on your answers, Power Products, Inc. can help you decide what products are best for you. To get started, just contact our sales department.

Other Considerations

If your facility and business can withstand a brief power outage, but you don’t want to be shut down for days or weeks during an extended outage, then a portable generation strategy may be right for you. Installing an Eaton Quick-Connect portable generator connection device as your utility service disconnecting means up front, provides both a quick means of generator connection, and a safe way to transfer power from a normal power source to the backup power source.

If your facility is one that requires a continuous, highly reliable power source, such as a hospital or data center, Power Products Inc. can assist you in designing and installing a permanent emergency, standby and backup power solution. By automatically switching your facility to backup power, you and your customers won’t experience an interruption. We have extensive experience in providing highly reliable systems for critical power applications.

Eaton’s Cutler-Hammer® automatic transfer switches sense when power is interrupted and send a signal to the generator. With a UPS to bridge the time between when the signal is sent and when the generator is engaged – usually just a few seconds – your facility will not experience a power interruption. Once power has been restored, the process is automatically reversed.

Eaton Paralleling Switchgear with PowerLynx Control Technology allows a facility to receive power simultaneously from two or more sources, including multiple generators and the primary utility feed, and provides the highest reliability possible. With paralleling switchgear, a facility can operate its generator while still receiving power from the utility, allowing the user to minimize energy costs by reducing peak demand levels or to qualify for an interruptible rate option from the local utility.

An uninterruptible power system (UPS) is a key element of any backup or emergency power strategy. A UPS provides a bridge from the moment power is interrupted to engagement of a generator or restoration of power. A UPS can keep the cash register open or your computer running. Eaton’s Powerware® brand of single-phase and three-phase UPS systems can provide you with the level of power reliability you need.

Whether designing and construction of a world-class facility, or analyzing and reviewing your individual power requirements, we have the resources to assist you with all aspects of your mission critical power requirements. Our team focuses on the details around the development of your critical power needs so you can stay focused on your ongoing business. We never forget that our most important product is peace of mind to you, the owner. Call or email Power Products, Inc. for a free, no obligation survey of your emergency power needs