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Rental Generator Permitting Questions Answered– Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 12, 2015

Electrical permitting questions, as it pertains to rental generator projects in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut and Rhode Island have been coming up more and more lately.

Many of our customers ask or comment:

  • “Do I need an electrical permit for this jobsite?“
  • “It’s only a one-day rental, why do I need a permit?”
  • “Our last vendor didn’t say anything about permitting”
  • “What happens if we don’t pull a permit?”
  • “The generator most likely won’t even need to run, do I still need a permit?”

Well the short answer to these rental generator permit questions and comments is “Yes, you do need a permit.” In the case of generator rentals, you are creating a separately derived electrical source that is required to meet the guidelines of the National Electrical Code for a safe installation.

Electrical permits are easy for us to obtain at American Power Rental as part of our turnkey service. We have a Licensed Master Electrician on staff to address and review the jobsite concerns and is well versed in the frequent changes to the Code that pertain to our industry. We want every jobsite to be 100% safe all of the time.

We have excellent working relationships with many local inspectors and know what they are looking for. The #1 rule is public safety. The power equipment setup needs to be viewed and blessed by the local inspector. The inspector will then know where the jobsite is, what equipment is being used, how it was setup and how to contact the Electrician if any problems arise.

In addition to Electrical permitting, other permits required can include Fuel Storage, Fuel Dispensing, Parking, Sidewalk and Environmental (EPA) permitting (for long term rentals over 1 year in duration). This surge in permitting enforcement by local authorities is driven from accidents, fires, and safety compliance issues. Some recent “non-permitted” jobs have resulted in very serious injuries and death.

Our goal at American Power Rental and American Spot Cooling is to guide our customers to the safest and most cost effective turnkey solutions in the areas of temporary electrical generators and distribution, portable heating and air conditioning.

Please give us a call at 888-996-8428 for additional information or a quote on your next project.

Generator Redundancy, For When Generators Fail - MA, RI, CT, ME, NH, VT

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 18, 2014

One of the earliest and hardest lessons learned in the temporary generator power industry is the impact of generator failures. It could be a jobsite where 100 workers need power for lights, welding equipment, elevators, air movement, etc. The cost of downtime to that job could be thousands of dollars per hour in wages and it puts the job behind schedule effecting the job Bond, subcontractors have to rearrange their schedules with other projects to finish this one, etc.

Maybe it’s a simple backyard wedding your providing temporary power and electrical distribution… if you opt for only one generator and it clogs a filter or has a minor engine failure that shuts it down to protect itself…. What does that mean to the bride and groom? If it’s dark out… the event is over and your generator supplier should be held accountable if they did not properly present options to you to prevent this from happening in the interest of saving a few dollars.

Options?

Option 1) Where it is deemed necessary, at a minimum, a second generator incorporating an Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS) to take over if the primary generator fails. There may be a 2 to 10 second transfer time between generators (the time it takes for the transfer switch to changeover) but you will not lose the whole job or event. This is the most dollar economical solution. We stock these items.

Option 2) Redundant, seamless, generator power. This would involve two specific generators that can parallel together and share the electrical load they are serving. If one unit fails, the other keeps running assuming all of the load without any switchover time or “glitch” and the event goes on without the customer noticing anything.

We at American Power Rental have multiple options often referred to under different requests including seamless, redundant, parallelable, twin pack, dual redundant, Automatic Transfer Switches (ATS’s), golf pack, twin 300kW, twin 400kW and twin Crawfords. The list goes on and on as to how different people refers to them.

There are plenty of applications where one generator is fine and safely fulfills the needs of the project. Some examples of that would be non-critical standby applications where the generator is backing up a utility source of power or, the contractor is tight on space and understands the risk of some downtime and it will not effect the job workflow (or event) for an hour or so where another unit can be brought in to swap out the down unit.

This is a tough subject to talk about as it may present a perception that generators fail… Well, that is partly true. We can service them and check everything every day but mechanical failures can happen beyond our control. That is why most airplanes and jets have two engines. Unexpected things can happen. We plan for it.

It is our responsibility to educate our customers on the best options available and when this should be considered. There are occasions where we at American Power Rental will not sacrifice the job over price and send a single unit just to keep cost down. We will do everything we can to make redundancy an affordable option in the best interest in our customers and the continued success of our business.

Temporary Portable Generators for Scheduled Outage or After Hours Emergency - New England, MA, RI, CT, ME, NH, VT

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Looking for temporary emergency portable generators in the New England States of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont? Look no further for the complete solution with American Power Rental. Based in Central MA, we are here to service your temporary generator power needs whether it’s a scheduled outage, planned special event or an after hours emergency.

Generator Rentals are our business along with temporary electrical cable and portable electrical distribution panels and related specialty products. We can fully supply and service your planned outage or emergency need for temporary power anytime, day or night.

With a combined 50+ years of experience in this business, we’ve seen just about every conceivable application relating to temporary generator power. We tap into that experience every day 24/7 to quickly respond, deliver equipment and get you back up and running ASAP!

Our services include power equipment rentals, on-site service, load bank testing, delivery services, fuel and electrical permitting, fuel delivery and on-site technicians as needed. You decide how much you want us to do. Please call 888-334-5901 or visit our website at www.americanpowerrental.com.


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