Are you tired of load shedding? Is load shedding killing productivity? Then it might be time to install a Backup Generator. Installing a backup generator has many advantages
When a blackout or load shedding makes it impossible for the grid to transmit electricity to your home a generator serves as backup power. Generators operate by burning fuel and converting the energy that is produced by the engine to electrical energy that can be used to power electrical equipment
Generators come in two primary forms: Portable and Standby / Fixed:
Portable generators are mostly powered by petrol. These generators are generally used to provide power offsite or to power some outlets during a blackout. Most portable generators
Are installed outside your home or business and will switch automatically between grid power and standby power. Standby Generators are
Depending on the size of the generator you opt for you can select to only power certain equipment and appliances or the whole premises.
Anytime the power goes out – whether from load shedding or a storm or any other grid failures – your generator will be able to supply power to your home or business. This provides numerous advantages
Choose a Location where the generator will be installed. The Location should be:
Prepare a base for the generator – Prepare a base for the generator by casting a concrete slab or by laying down a layer of gravel contained by a small retaining wall.
Installing the generator – Once the base has been prepared it is time to install the generator securely on the base.
Connecting the fuel and electrical – Once the Generator is in place the step is to connect it to the house’s Distribution board and connect the fuel line to an external fuel source if there is any.
Testing and Outage Simulation – It is now time to test the generator ensuring it automatically starts when there is a power outage.
Issuing of COC certificate – Once installation is completed and tested a COC certificate can be issued for the installation.
The total time for installing a standby or fixed Generator can range from 2 to 4 days depending on the size of the generator and the intricacy of the installation.
Regular portable generators mounted on an open steel frame make the most noise starting at about 75 dBA and up to about 85 dBA, depending on the size of the generator and the model. Fixed Standby Generators make a lot less noise arranging from 60 – 70 dBA making them a better solution for a permanent solution especially if the generator is placed close to a residence or workplace.
The average running cost of a petrol-powered generator is about R5,00 per kWh and larger diesel generators’ operating costs range from R3,50 to R4,00 per kWh
Yes if any modification is made to your current electrical system a new COC inspection should be performed if the previous COC inspection was performed more than 3 months prior the whole electrical installation will have to be revised again.
A 5.5kVa generator is normally sufficient for a home or small business when not utilizing any heating devices like stoves, geysers or electrical kettles.
Yes, you need an electrician any time an alteration is made to your premises’ electrical installation. You can opt to do the physical installation of the generator your self but you will require an electrician to connect the device to your installation
It can often be hard to find a reliable company when looking for someone to install a generator. That is why we vetted and selected various companies across South Africa to join our team. There are many advantages to working with a GP Electricians Partner.
These are just some of the advantages of working with a GP Electricians partner. Contact us today for your obligation-free quote!
A generator can cost from R6000 – R50000+ for Home or Small Business use.
With a 5.5kVA portable generator with no integration into the electrical installation costing about R9000 – R15000 depending on the brand of Generator.
Integrating the generator into the DB board with a manual changeover switch adds an additional R4000 – R5000 to the price.
And finally, the same size generator with automatic start and changeover is priced from R25000 with installation costs ranging from R10000,0
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