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Use Your Backup Power System to Earn Rewards!

As a Generac product owner, you can now use your home standby generator or PWRcell® solar + battery storage system to earn financial rewards, help stabilize the electrical grid, and increase your community’s protection against power outages.

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

Extreme weather conditions and surges in electricity use during peak times can increase the demand for electricity. In some cases, this demand exceeds available supply, putting a major strain on the electrical grid.  Increased stress on the grid can result in community-wide power outages that affect your ability to complete everyday tasks like filling up on gas, withdrawing cash from the bank, or going grocery shopping. It can also lead to an increase in your monthly energy bill.

To combat the shortcomings in our modern power grid, Generac has committed to investing in innovative “smart grid” solutions to equalize energy supply and demand.

As a Generac product owner, you can sign up to participate in a Virtual Power Plant (VPP) Program that uses distributed energy resources, like generators and battery storage systems, to stabilize the grid during periods of peak demand.
 

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS FOR GENERATORS:

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HERE'S HOW IT WORKS FOR PWRCELL:

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Climate Change and the aging electrical grid are leading to more power outages that are longer lasting and create extreme inconveniences for families and businesses.
Now, together with Generac, you can be a part of the solution.



 

CREATE GRID STABILTY

Each year, weather gets more severe, fires become more regular, and electricity costs continue to rise. The current power grid is reliant on fossil fuel and susceptible to outages. Alternative forms of energy have become more important than ever. 

That’s why Generac set out to find a new energy technology solution…to create a smart grid for the future. As a Generac product owner, you can join in this innovative solution to create grid stability and energy independence.
 

Avoid Electricity Price Increases

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’re reducing your dependence on the electrical grid, helping eliminate the need for new, backup power plants that can contribute to climate change and higher electricity costs.
 

SUPPORT THE LOCAL 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 system, VPPs can help prevent outages, ensuring the businesses you rely upon daily 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.


 

 

Units Equipped with Smart Grid Ready Technology Include*:

  • Generac home standby generators
  • Generac commercial and industrial generators
  • PWRcell® solar + battery storage systems

*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.

Frequently Asked Questions

About the smart grid

What is a VPP?
A Virtual Power Plant (VPP) is a cloud-based network of Distributed Energy Resources (like battery storage devices, backup generators, and smart thermostats) that can be utilized to reduce stress on the electrical grid during times of peak energy use.

VPPs not only reward participants, but they are typically more efficient and less damaging to the environment because they utilize existing infrastructure over building new power plants.

What are DERs?
Distributed Energy Resources, or DERs, are power generating devices or controllable power-consuming devices that are connected to the grid. DERs include solar panels, battery storage devices, smart thermometers, and backup generators, and are typically behind the meter.

Is distributed power as reliable as power plant power?
Distributed power can be just as reliable as power from a power plant, and it provides utilities with additional flexibility during periods of high electricity demand. Utilities are increasingly looking to distributed power as an additional layer of reliability in addition to traditional, grid-side resources.

How do homes connect to DERMs software?
All Smart Grid Ready devices with a Wi-Fi or cellular connection can connect to DERMs. An installer will connect the device to the Generac DERMs platform during installation.

 

About participation in the smart grid

How do I find out if my utility has a program?
Click here to find out if there is a VPP program available in your area. You can also contact your utility provider directly.

What if I want to opt-out in the middle of the commitment?
Many utilities offer provisions to opt out in the middle of the contract or during events and operations. Contact your utility for details.

What if my utility doesn’t offer a program?
Fill out this contact form and a member of the Generac team will contact you if a program becomes available in your area.

How much are payments for energy produced at my home?
Payments will vary depending on multiple factors, including location, utility, and size of the Smart Grid Ready resource.

Are there any additional tax incentives offered by the federal government?
Check with your local jurisdictions to determine if any local, state, or federal programs are available.

If my unit is Smart Grid Ready, does that mean that I can participate?
Your local electric utility must participate in a Generac-enabled program in order to participate. We are adding programs all the time and will continue to inform customers when they may be eligible.

About Generac products and technology

Which models are Smart Grid Ready?

  • All Guardian Series air cooled generators (16kW-26kW)
  • Limited commercial “Protector” liquid cooled generators: RG04845 / RG06045 / RG08045
  • Industrial generators require an additional communications interface device (extra cost assembly available through Special Engineering) to be Smart Grid Ready
  • PWRcell -- PWRcell X7602, X11402, XVT07 models

How can I make my current PWRcell or home standby generator Smart Grid Ready?
If your system is Wi-Fi-enabled, it can be upgraded remotely, with no service call required. Authorized Generac dealers are always available to assist in connecting enabled units to Wi-Fi.

I understand that some models that aren’t Smart Grid Ready can be upgraded to Smart Grid Ready. Which models and how do I upgrade?
PWRcell systems with a PWRcell Beacon and Consumption CTs are compatible with Smart Grid Ready but will need a software update to be Smart Grid Ready. If your system was installed by a Generac-certified installer, it should be equipped with these pieces. While we periodically introduce software updates for Wi-Fi-connected systems, you can also request an update by contacting your Authorized Generac Dealer or Customer Support.

Do I need a service call to have my system upgraded?
If your system is Wi-Fi-enabled, it can be upgraded remotely, with no service call required. Authorized Generac dealers are always available to assist in connecting enabled units to Wi-Fi.

How much more will Smart Grid Ready technology cost?
For homeowners, the technology will be provided free of charge. Some industrial units may require hardware that will incur some cost, depending on the specific system.

Are there maintenance requirements I'll have to meet to participate?
The maintenance requirements are the same as the maintenance requirements necessary for the warranty.

How does my participation impact my product warranty?
The original Generac factory warranty remains in place, even if you participate with your utility provider.

Will the price of the generators be changing?
For homeowners, the technology will be provided free of charge. Some industrial units may require hardware that will incur some cost, depending on the specific system.

Will I be able to order non-Smart Grid Ready products?
For home standby generators and solar + storage systems, Smart Grid-Ready technology is standard equipment. Industrial generators will continue to be available without this feature.

 

 

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