STANDBY GENERATOR PROGRAM
The electric grid is very reliable, however, with nearly 3,500 miles of power lines we sometimes experience outages due to a variety of causes, such as weather, animals, people digging in to our lines, and vehicles hitting poles and equipment.
For most members, being without power is merely an inconvenience, but for others, continuity of service is very important. For this reason, we offer a standby generator program that is ideal for members with a home business, sump pump, medical needs or simply desire to always have the comfort and conveniences that electricity provides.
NOTICE: COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on the standby generator market, with record demand continuing into 2021. This significant increase in demand has led to long lead times on generators and transfer switches. Currently, orders are averaging 29 weeks for delivery.
We start by making a visit to your location to evaluate your power needs and then help you select a generator size that meets those needs, your budget, and electrical codes. A quote will be provided and if you elect to continue with the project, you will need to 1) contact your gas company for proper sizing and cost (member is responsible for having the fuel source connected); 2) purchase unit prior to installation. Financing is available with approved credit.
Prior to scheduling installation, you will need to inform the Cooperative of and mark all private facilities, such as underground pipes, conduits, wires, tanks, drainage systems and structures.
Next, we will install the system outside using your home’s existing wiring system when possible. Installation includes a concrete pad to ensure stability for the generator as well as a cold weather kit complete with battery warmer and oil heaters. You need to arrange the connection to your fuel source, which can be liquid propane (LP) or natural gas. If using LP, you need to work with your provider to ensure your tank and agreement provide enough LP to run the generator if it runs for an extended period of time.
Once installed, an electrical inspection will be performed by a State of Minnesota Electrical Inspector. The system will automatically run a weekly self-cycle test and will automatically generate power when it senses the loss of grid power.
To ensure the health of the system, we will perform fee-based maintenance on an annual basis.
For more information, contact our Energy Services Department at (218) 444-2540 or (800) 955-6083.
The generators we have selected for this program are part of the Fortress line of American-made, Briggs & Stratton generators. This deal-exclusive line of generators is backed by a six-year parts and labor limited warranty that can be extended to 10 years.
This line of generators is protected by a durable, corrosion resistant enclosure and can run on natural gas or liquid propane. All have an automatic transfer switch that starts the generator when it senses the loss of grid power. When power is restored, it will automatically shut off.
These 'smart' generators have a power management system that enables you to prioritize which appliances or systems you want the generator to power during an outage so as not to overload the system.
While the cost varies on the size of the generator selected, a 12 kW system is typically the most common. Price will vary depending on specific requirements at your location.
For more specific information about Briggs & Stratton standby generators, view or download the brochure below.