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 site and starting it up.
If you anticipate renting a portable generator in the future, there are steps you can take to:
- speed up the time it takes to get electricity flowing after utility power goes out
- improve the safety of attaching and detaching cables as well as switching between utility and generator power
- reduce the labor costs associated with future portable generator connection events
The trick is to wire a “generator docking station” in place, making it easy to roll a portable generator into place and switch over to its power when utility power goes down.
If you’ve ever used a laptop computer as your primary system when you’re in your office OR on the road, then you know how this works. A computer docking station remains connected to the important items in your office, like your monitor and keyboard, even when your laptop computer is not there. So when you get back to your office, you can get to work quickly.
A generator docking station works in much the same way. Permanently placed at your site, it remains connected to your facility’s panel, even when no portable generator is present. Once a portable generator is brought on site, it can be quickly and safely connected to the docking station combined with either a manual transfer switch or an automatic transfer switch.
We can help you select the right size and combination of generator docking station and transfer switch, depending on the facility and application.
- Available from 100 amp to 4000 amp
- Multiple voltage options
- Kirk Key interlock
- NEMA 3R or NEMA 4X enclosure option
- Multiple accessory wiring connections available
Contact us to discuss if installing a generator docking station is right for your site. Ready to rent a portable generator? We can help you with that as well!