Considering a stationary, standby generator for your home? Start with these questions.
Do you want to backup your whole house, or just some of the electrical load? To backup your entire home, you will need a larger (more expensive) generator, but the electrical work is more simple, and should should cost less.
What kind of fuel do you want to use? For home applications, natural or propane gas are often preferred, but diesel or even solar (with battery backup) are options.
Are permits required? To install any sized stationary generator, you will need a building permit from your city or town which will detail what is acceptable. For generators rated at 50hp or higher, you will also need an air quality district permit.
Where to buy and how to install? For residential use, there are many sources for buying your generator (including us). Keep in mind that once you have it, you will need professional help to install, test, and startup properly.
How much should I budget for this project? Roughly speaking, you should budget at least $25,000 to cover the whole effort, including the purchase of the generator, transfer switch, concrete pad, electrical, and installation work. Depending upon your needs, the price could be higher. Keep in mind that any generator will require periodic maintenance.