Use Your Backup Power System to Earn Rewards 

As the owner of a Generac product equipped with Smart Grid Ready technology, you can take part in a local Virtual Power Plant (VPP) program and earn rewards!1 Plus, by participating you can also help stabilize the electrical grid, helping you save money on your utility bill and protect your community from power outages.

Virtual Power Plant Programs: Creating a Smart Grid for the Future

Extreme weather conditions and increased electricity-use during peak times can put a strain on the electrical grid beyond what it can support. This can result in power outages or rolling blackouts that disrupt your comfort and safety.

Generac set out to solve this problem by delivering turn-key distributed energy assets such as generators, battery storage systems, and smart thermostats, that can be interconnected and operate together. Through a VPP program, the collective energy is controlled centrally and dispersed as needed to stabilize the grid during periods of peak demand. As the owner of a Generac product equipped with Smart Grid Ready technology, you can join in this innovative solution to help maintain grid stability and increase your energy independence.

Products Equipped with Smart Grid Ready Technology Include*:

  • Generac home standby generators
  • Generac commercial and industrial generators
  • PWRcell solar + battery storage systems
1 VPP programs are not available in all locations.
*Models manufactured prior to 2018 may not include Smart Grid Ready technology. Visit the FAQs section to see a full list of applicable models or to learn how to upgrade your system.

Here's how it works:

  • After you are approved to participate and enrolled in a VPP program

    your local electricity provider will notify Generac when demand for power is high, and the grid needs support.

  • Generac will access your Smart Grid Ready product remotely

    along with a network of other Smart Grid Ready products in your community, to help maintain the grid’s reliability and affordability. You don’t need to do a thing and you won’t notice any difference in your product’s performance. You will continue to retain a portion of your stored backup power, so your home will maintain some power reserve, even after participating in a VPP energy event.

  • Once the grid is regulated

    typically within a couple hours, your product will go back to its normal functionality.

  • Combat rising electricity prices

    Before the development of VPPs, energy providers relied on expensive, CO2 emitting backup power plants to supply the power needed to meet excess demand. By joining a VPP Program, you can reduce your dependence on the electrical grid, and help eliminate the need for new, backup power plants that can contribute to climate change and higher electricity costs.

  • Prevent power outages in your community

    A power outage can cause major disruption to your routine. Community-wide outages affect your ability to complete everyday tasks like filling up on gas, withdrawing cash from the bank, or going grocery shopping. By combining distributed energy resources, including your Generac products, VPPs can help prevent outages, so the businesses you rely upon daily can remain operational.

  • Get rewarded

    In addition to the peace of mind that you receive from Generac products, you can obtain additional return on your investment. Explore program incentives available in your area today.