How to Prepare for Renting a Commercial Generator

Generator Rental

Be Prepared – the Boy Scout motto. It’s a pretty good summary of our advice for renting a commercial generator as well. When the power goes out, you don’t want to be scrambling to figure out how you’ll get a backup generator on site, connected, and running. Losing power is already stressful enough. The process of getting backup power online goes much more smoothly when you prepare.

If you anticipate needing portable backup power at any point this year, determine the answers to the questions below to help us get the right portable generator on your site and hooked up quickly.

What voltage is your power? Single phase or three phase? How many amps do you need a backup generator to supply?

Knowing these variables will tell us the size generator that would be appropriate for your application. To save time, use our Generator Sizing Calculator to get an idea. We rent commercial generators ranging from 10 kW to 1 Megawatt.

What do you have in place for connecting your generator to your facility?

You don’t need to have anything because we rent all the additional equipment required, such as cables, cable ramps, transfer panels, spider boxes, and distribution panels. We’ll also need to know where the generator will be located and the distance the cables will need to span in order to reach your panel. If you know you’ll be renting a portable commercial generator from time to time, you may want to invest in specific infrastructure to accommodate it, including a docking station to speed up the time it takes to get a generator connected and online.

How much do you anticipate using it?

Generators need to be exercised periodically and regularly maintained in order to dependably deliver the power you need AND remain compliant with air quality regulation. Our generators include remote monitoring technology so that we can keep track of run hours without bothering you, but the more information you can provide about your planned usage, the better able we will be to estimate maintenance and fuel costs.

Speaking of fuel costs, will you need fuel delivery?

We offer fuel delivery service. Be sure to mention your interest if that will be helpful. You don’t want to run out of fuel and have the power go out on you in the middle of the work day!

In addition to anticipating the above questions from us, you’ll also want to check with your town or county to determine if you will need a permit to operate a portable commercial generator. All of our equipment is compliant with the latest California regulations, so you won’t have to worry about that. Nevertheless, your municipality may require a permit.

Our standard process for renting a generator includes delivery, hook up, power up, orientation, initial fueling, and inspection. By having the above questions answered before you call, we can select and deliver your generator faster.

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Ready to get prepared? Give us a call at 925-229-2700 or 916-564-2622 or click on the button at the top of this page to send us a message.


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