Generac Case Studies: Protecting The Things That Power Your Life, For More Than A Half Century
When the power goes out is no time to find out you didn’t buy something dependable. Generac has been supplying power for families, hospitals, airports, data centers and other mission critical applications since 1959. Keep in mind that 4 out of 5 home standby generators sold in America are made by Generac. Generac supplies power backup from the small portable units up to large institutions. When it comes to your family or your business, there are good reasons why people count on Generac.
Pegasus Farms Case Study #1Location: Hartville, Ohio
Standby Generator: 45 kW Generac Quietsource Series
Pegasus Farms is a therapeutic institution that depends on Generac because it is one of the largest therapeutic equestrian centers in North America. It serves approximately 250 disabled children and adults per week. It cannot afford to be in the middle of session with multiple participants and horses and have anything happen that can cause these 2000 lb animals to become spooked.
Executive Director Jim Stang put it this way “Given the nature of the emotional and physical disabilities of many of our participants, it’s essential that we minimize disruptions that might induce panic or result in injury, such as the loss of electrical power.” Stang says “Our primary goal was to avoid any disruption and allow our staff and clients to continue their therapy programs while having a dependable generator that would start up and operate as quietly possible, so as not to startle our horses or program participants.”
In equine science, a horse is sometimes defined as a flight animal. This is because a horse is an animal that has survived for centuries by running when alarmed. Nobody wants a spooked horse in an enclosed space with vulnerable people. Since horses can also be spooked by loud noises, the obvious choice for Pegasus Farms was the Quietsource Series.
Here is what Mr. Stang said when his Generac QuietSource was put to use. “In the first six months after the generator was installed, we had four power outages, In each case it worked flawlessly, allowing us to continue our activities and serve our participants. It’s given us great peace of mind.”
Juliette Falls Community Case Study #2Location: Ocala, Florida
Standby Generator: 16 kW air-cooled Guardian Series
Electricity is the lifeblood of the modern home. That’s never more apparent than during a power outage, when everything shuts down. Without electricity, the frustration and inconvenience become greater with each hour that the blackout persists. Smart homeowners know the best way to protect their home and family from the loss of electricity is with automatic backup power. That’s why home standby generators are becoming increasingly popular as a preferred feature of new homes.
Consider the case of Juliette Falls, a new golf and spa community near Ocala, Florida. The developer, Viking LLC, took into account the peace of mind and value that having a standby generator can deliver. Jeff Finke, Chief Operating Officer of Viking, expressed the importance of having standby generators.
“We see the generators as a necessity for creating a weather-ready community,” says Mr. Finke. “Here in central Florida we’re vulnerable to powerful storms and hurricanes. If the power goes out, we can have mold and mildew issues, as well as food and medicine storage issues. As an active adult community, we have residents who need sustained power for medical equipment.”
Each home in Juliet Falls uses a 16 kW Guardian air-cooled generator which is one of the most popular models for residential applications. Each unit uses Generac's powerful 900 cc OHVI engine and a corrosion resistant aluminum enclosure which is perfect for Florida's tropical climate.
Juliette Falls is a great example of how a builder can offer backup power to make its homes more attractive to potential buyers. The automatic standby generator is an increasingly desired appliance that will become a standard feature of 21st century homes. Because the generator represents such a small percentage of the price, it is easy to include and finance as part of the construction package, which many buyers find advantageous.
Doctors Hospital Case Study #3Location: Edinburg, Texas
Standby Generator: 2 3 x 750 kW Bi-Fuel Gemini Industrial Series
Nowhere in the world is clean electrical power more necessary and more important than a hospital. Everything is electrically powered and most are computer controlled.
Doctors Hospital At Renaissance (DHR) is a huge medical complex covering over 90 acres. It includes 7 different medical centers and has over 500 beds. For the first 10 years they relied on typical large single engine backup generation. However, after consulting with an outside engineering firm and a visit to the Generac plant, DHR installed a multi-unit smaller generator system as part of their 2007 expansion.
In 2008, it got tested, twice. The first test was Hurricane Dolly. This category 1 storm used 100 mile per hour winds to pound the Rio Grande Valley with 16 inches of rain, over 212,000 customers lost power. John Rustick, DHR’s Associate Administrator and Director of Engineering had this report on the Generac system of small generators.
“The Generac engines whirled into action instantly and kept us operating for 14 hours before we got power restored. Not a single venue on campus was without power,” Rustick remarked. “The Generac equipment performed perfectly.”
The hurricane turned out to be the warm up for the big test. Less than 60 days later a main switching gear connecting the hospital to their utility company blew up, leaving DHR’s newest hospital without power!
Rustick once again reports, “Without Generac’s modular platform, we would have had catastrophic problems of biblical proportion at our newest hospital. Instead, without a hitch, the Generac units kicked on immediately and ran continuously for 13 straight days! Not a single chiller, critical care unit or operation at the Women's Hospital was ever compromised. That’s an amazing record!”
|"Thank you for a great and reliable product"
We live in Nederland, TX which is a small town on the Southeast Texas Gulf coast. We were hit by hurricane Ike in 2008 and immediately drove back in town after evacuating. Prior to leaving, I had done some research on generators big enough to power not only the essentials but some of the amenities as well. For those out there that are skeptical or wondering how much power is needed to run the central A/C units, I can say to you that I purchased a 15kw Guardian generator and was very pleased to find out that not only did the generator run the essentials such as freezers and refrigerators, but also had no problem running two brand new 4 ton central units as well as pool pumps. Thank you for a great and reliable product.Kent Stahl
|"Our house appeared as a virtual lighthouse, where we sat in air conditioned comfort watching a movie"
After Hurricane Ike left us without power for 10 days, we investigated the various generator options. We ultimately decided to install a natural gas powered Generac 22KW QuietSource in May. We did not expect to see the unit operate, if at all, until our next Hurricane. Last weekend we were hit with torrential rains and gusts up to 50 knots. Power was knocked out for three hours for every house and street light in multiple surrounding neighborhoods. Our house appeared as a virtual lighthouse, where we sat in air conditioned comfort watching a movie.Myall Hawkins
|"It was confirmation to us that the money we spent on our generator was money well spent"
After enduring Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav and an extraordinary snow storm that dumped 8 inches of snow in south Louisiana and the ensuing power outages, each lasting several days, my husband and I had a 20 KW Generac generator installed. A couple of weeks ago during the extreme cold weather that hit most of the U.S., my husband and I woke during the night to discover that we were without electricity and that our generator was running. It powered everything we needed in our 1700 sq. ft. house, including our electric central heating unit. We went back to sleep secure in the knowledge that our home would stay warm during the night and for however long it took to have powered restored. We could not be more pleased with the performance of our Generac. It was confirmation to us that the money we spent on our generator was money well spent.Dan and Amy Hester
|"I consider a backup generator a necessity, not a luxury"
I work on computer systems for my company's clients and we had a severe ice storm in December of 2008. The ice storm which knocked out power for 3 days and wreaked havoc on the customer's computer systems but thankfully, my Guardian 16KW generator that was installed 2 years prior kept the entire house running and enabled me to be operational to my employer and our customers. Furthermore, my neighbors use my house for charging cell phones to making coffee plus I was able to make hot meals for them as all the restaurants were closed. During that time, the temperature dropped to below zero degrees Fahrenheit but my home heating was able to keep working. The generator enabled me to live a fairly normal 3 days while I see the stress building in my neighbors' eye. Needless to say, many of them asked me about the Guardian generators. I consider a backup generator a necessity, not a luxury.Jen Fanying
Clifton Park, New York
|"Thank You for producing a very good product which I am proud to be a small part of".
I finished the installation of my 20 kW Generac generator on March 27th 2009 at about 1pm. Eight hours later an ice storm hit south central Kansas and we lost power for sixty hours. I stopped the generator at eight hours, changed the oil and oil filter and started the unit which ran non stop till utility power returned. I live in a rural area and several of my neighbors called me to find out why I had electricity and they were still in the dark. This gave me a wonderful chance to tell them about Generac generators and that I was a new dealer for Generac. Another option that has helped me with sales has been the remote monitor system that I use with my unit. I installed a 200 amp whole house transfer switch that was installed in line with the 200 amp under ground service that feeds my house. When we have a lightning storm entering the area I transfer the electrical load to my generator. I simply go to the test system on the remote monitor, start and transfer load, and wait till the storm passes. As a Master Electrician with 36 years experience in the field I have so often seen what lightning can do to a home or commercial building. The transfer switch opens an air gap on the utility side which is a very good way to help avoid lightning damage to my electrical system. Thank You for producing a very good product which I am proud to be a small part of.Tony E. Martin