Six Tips When Planning For Temporary Power

A generator is a key component to powering up your business. But there are many more considerations to think about when providing temporary power to your facility. By not taking these important factors into account, your heart may skip a few beats when it’s all said and done.

To prevent unwanted surprises, the following checklist is meant to help you make informed decisions when planning for temporary power:

  1. One size does not fit all. Selecting the right generator will prevent problems down the road such as unexpected system failures and shutdowns due to capacity overload.
  2. Availability. The logistics of renting a generator may be easy if it’s only your facility that’s been impacted. However, the chances of securing the right generator in times of a hurricane or other catastrophe are greatly reduced. Plan accordingly.
  3. Transportation. A generator may not be located near your business. Plan on freight costs which may vary depending on the generator size, location, and schedule.
  4. Fuel costs. Most large generators run on diesel fuel. If you anticipate running the generator for more than 24 hours, then a refueling plan will be required. Take into account the cost of fuel and availability if in a hurricane situation. It is not as simple as running down to your nearest gas station. And never let a generator run dry.
  5. Preventative maintenance. Plan for a qualified technician to perform maintenance every 250 – 350 hours of run time.
  6. Work With The Utility Company. For your safety, remember to always work closely with your utility company.

Learn more tips on how to plan for temporary power in our instructional recorded webinar.