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Old 04-16-2018, 11:09:57 AM
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My town just purchased a 500KW generator to power the town hall in an emergency.

I feel they way over paid.

What does a gaseous or diesal operated unit like this cost
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Old 04-16-2018, 11:28:50 AM
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a quick search looks like $250000 or a quarter mill! that was a diesel.
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In order to answer the question we would need to know if the generator is automatic start on a power failure? Is it permanently mounted on a concrete slab, is it in a weather tight enclosure.
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I will get all the specs tomorrow when the weather clears up and the town hall is open.

Love generators but hate wasteful government spending.
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Also need to know what brand. What all did they buy with it.
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500KW? How big of a "Town Hall" is it? Sure they aren't trying to repower the whole town? Isn't 500KW about a large Hospital size?
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Average in some of the rich homes around Dallas. Is 300 KW. I know of one in Highland Park TX. Had a 600 KW. Ran two home compounds. Plus the toys they had.
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They could feed other loads we are not aware of like supplementary power to a community centre ( this would be handy in an emergency ).

I tried my best best to convince my brothers and sisters at the union hall we should keep the standby generator that the building came with ( an old grocery store ).
They argued it was too big and not needed.
I argued we could use the extra power if there was an emergency in town.
We were close to the hospital, city hall and could offer a lot of help to the public should we have to take in people displaced by a storm or evacuated for some sort of power loss emergency.

Its nothing for the army to show up and set up some tents as long as we have power to provide heat lights and cooking.
But others did not see it that way.

Too big might not be a bad thing in an emergency.
Where do people turn when things go bad?
They head to city hall and high ground looking for help.
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Wait until there is a power failure, and your hall loses lights, computers and what else they need to operate. If your building has a basement, the sump pump will not operate and that will endanger any electronic devices down there, like AC compressors and heating plants and blowers. my hall did the same thing, and lost a lot of equipment, not once but twice. After the second time they wised up, but it cost them dearly to replace the generator they scrapped. Not a lot of happy members after the second loss Well, they are the ones who voted to rip out the old one, saying "We don't need a generator, rip it out!"
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Here at the Courthouse they have a backup system. Its all automatic and I don't think I've seen us without power more than 3 to 4 seconds since they installed it. Not sure of the size but its big, about the size of a van. Its on a concrete pad and its totally enclosed. I can't remember the name of it but seems like it begins with Power________ something. I think its 300KW. Its been here for probably 10 years but I'm thinking it was around $150K - $175K when it was put in. But, the price can be a bit deceiving as I have no idea how much of that was for the Generator, how much was for the necessary equipment to tie it into the building, there was a lot of trenching, underground conduit, interior conduit, etc. etc. plus some real heavy duty copper wire. I remember seeing it and it was probably a inch or or so in diameter.

I know the Jail has 2 generators. One is Natural Gas and the other is Diesel. I guess they have a backup for the backup?
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