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Unique Codes Call For A Custom Industry Solution

When the time came to replace their 44-year-old emergency generator, Braemar Towers Condominium Association in Ocean City, Maryland was faced with a handful of obstacles they needed to overcome. “Maryland’s new codes required a lot of changes to make our new generator compliant,” said Mick Buchanan, site manager, Braemar Towers. “This included approximately 300 feet of cable trenching to run power to the new location.”

Braemar Towers is required by city ordinance to have a generator on site at all times in case of a power outage. The generator on the site is used to power life safety systems; including fire alarms, fire pumps, security and elevators. When an inspector shut down the previous unit, Braemar Towers was forced to rent a generator until a new one could be installed. With the generator system being several decades old, Braemar Towers knew there would need to be a lot of upgrades. “This project was a huge undertaking,” said Buchanan.

Braemar Towers, along with electrical contractor Mastercraft Electrical, awarded the project to Kelly Generator & Equipment, Inc., a Generac Industrial Power Dealer. “Braemar Towers was a little hesitant at first,” said George Fold, outside sales representative, Kelly Generator. “Even though we came up with a competitive specification and at a lower cost, we hadn’t worked with the company before. The thing that impressed the customer the most was when I showed him a list of our past projects. Generac and Kelly Generator are doing amazing things across several markets and that was the deciding factor.”

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Kelly Generator & Equipment, Inc - Total Systems Capabilities

As your single source for backup power, Kelly Generator Equipment, Inc. provides Total Systems Capabilities encompassing everything you need for your backup power system.

We have the engineering knowledge and expertise to provide a fully integrated power system including kW size, preferred fuel, generator controls, automatic transfer switches, paralleling switchgear, distribution, and any other connected systems such as UPS and batteries. For all the equipment within a generator system, Kelly Generator & Equipment, Inc. provides full service, training, and support.

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Power Outages: Grid Reliability

On July 13, 2019, a blackout in Manhattan shut down subways, Times Square’s marquees and caused Broadway plays to be called off. The outage lasted for over 5 hours and according to the utility company, Con Edison, at the height of the outage, 72,000 customers were in the dark. Con Edison said it could take months to investigate why the outage happened, but it could have been worse. That night, the outages were an inconvenience, but it did show the problems associated with an increasingly vulnerable power grid. Facility managers are seeing a need to increase their resilience, emergency preparedness and backup power plans in such times of outages.

It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when will the power go out. Power outages happen for several reasons. According to the Edison Electric Institute, 70-percent of power outages in the U.S. are weather related, but other causes include vehicle accidents, equipment failure, animals and an overworked power grid. Peak energy demand is when electrical power is expected to be provided for a sustained period at a significantly higher than average supply level. When maximum supply levels are surpassed, power outages can happen.

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Surviving Hurricanes 2019 - A Guide For Businesses

In this document, Generac provides preparation information for hurricane season and power outages that will accompany the storms.

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Generators for Sale

KG&E has a wide selection of used generators for sale. Contact Austin Maguire today to learn more. amaguire@kge.com.

Defining Ratings for Generator Systems

This Information Sheet discusses the factors for determining the assigned electrical rating for industrial generator sets applied to various applications found in the North American marketplace.

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Download Generac's Sizing and System Design Tool

Generac's Power Design Pro is the most powerful electrical and mechanical design and sizing tool on the market.

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