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Fire Season 2020

Fire Season Update #1: Expectations for 2020

All signs point to a severe fire season in 2020. CAL FIRE (the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) recorded 4,465 fires covering close to 60,000 acres since January 1. It will get bigger, fast. Our parched terrain is fuel waiting for just a spark. During the winter, Los Angeles recorded more rain than […]

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Solar Generator for Drive-Thru Virus Testing

Like so many other businesses in our area, we are eager to support our customers, employees, and community at large as much as possible during this crisis. Our creative equipment supplier gave us an idea recently that we’re eager to make a reality. As drive-thru virus testing tents are set up, they will need power. […]

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How to Speed Up Restoring Power with a Generator Docking Station

If you live in Northern California, you are likely more familiar with what happens during a power outage than you ever wanted to be. If you have used temporary, portable generators to restore power to your facility in the past, then you are aware that there is more to it than getting a generator on […]

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PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff Events – Lessons Learned

As we reflect on the fire season of 2019, it’s clear that the public safety power shutoff events only made it that much more important to prepare for next year. The preventative shutoff events dramatically extend the impact of fire season across a much larger population – hitting urban and suburban populations far from actual […]

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How Long Does it Take to Get a New Stationary Generator Up and Running?

Figure on a time line of one year. That’s right, one year. Maybe more. We’re approaching mid-August. It may be tempting to think that you could order a new stationary generator and swap it in before the end of this year’s fire season. Maybe you had set a goal to have a new generator in […]

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PG&E Policies Will Lead to More Outages in 2019

Recently PG&E provided additional details about its fire safety plan for 2019. An important factor — expect more and broader blackouts this summer and fall. The announcement lays out the expansion of the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) program. More details available on the PG&E website. What does this mean for you? Make sure your disaster […]

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What Will My Generator Power?

When an outage strikes and your generator kicks in, what will it power? We asked Carlos Navas, Project Manager for generator installations at CD & Power, to help us answer this question. “In short, a generator can be configured to power whatever you want it to power,” Carlos explained. Having also served as an Account […]

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Why It’s Important to Use a California-Based Generator Maintenance Company

A generator failure can be a full blown, four-alarm emergency for a facility. It can be a nightmare and it is not the time to start dreaming up an emergency, contingency plan. Without a plan in place there is a tendency to jump at quick but not well-thought-out solutions, like looking at the label on […]

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Backup Power Lessons Learned from Wildfires

In Northern California we are fortunate to live in an expanse of boundless natural beauty. But from time to time Mother Nature reminds us of the essential wildness that stirs within it. Case in point: the recent wildfires in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Butte and Solano Counties. Shortly after the outbreak of the fires Sunday night, we had […]

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The Dangers of Operating a Generator Indoors

Every year millions of people rely on portable generators when they lose access to power. Used safely, a portable generator delivers the power you need, when you need it most. On Tuesday, September 12, three people died of carbon-monoxide poisoning from a generator that was running inside their Orange County home in Florida, after Hurricane […]

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