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Smart Grid Ready

Looking to

  • Lower your energy costs?
  • Reduce strain on the grid?
  • Help your community?

Products that are Smart Grid Ready can become distributed energy resources (DERs) to seamlessly work together and form Virtual Power Plants (VPP) to augment the existing electrical grid.

Generac products being made available with Smart Grid Ready technology now include:

  • Generac home standby generators
  • Generac commercial and industrial generators
  • PWRcell® solar + battery storage systems
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Climate change and aging grids are making power outages more frequent and longer lasting.
Now with Smart Grid Ready technology, you can be part of the solution.

In addition to the peace of mind that you receive from Generac products, you can obtain additional return on your investment.

Contribute energy to the grid, support grid stability and receive payment for your excess power

Generac Smart Grid Ready products continue to function as traditional power backup devices in the event of a power outage but can help the grid in times of peak demand.

Frequently Asked Questions

About the smart grid

What's a DER?
A Distributed Energy Resource, or DER, is a power-generating device or controllable power-consuming device, typically behind the meter, that generates or consumes power and is connected to the grid. All Generac Smart Grid Ready devices are considered DERs.

What's a VPP?
A VPP is a virtual power plant. Rather than rely on centralized generation capacity, a VPP is a network of distributed power generation – including home solar + storage systems and standby/backup generators. The network, in this case Generac’s Enbala platform, calls on these Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) to supply the grid with power according to need. 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.

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. Importantly, utilities are looking to distributed power as an additional layer of reliability in addition to traditional, grid-side resources.

 

About Concerto

How many utilities currently have Concerto available?
Concerto technology is currently available to more than 22 million customers nationwide. The number of utilities employing Enbala technology is growing fast, and you can find more information at https://www.generac.com/specialpages/smart-grid-ready.

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

 

About participation in the smart grid

How do I find out if my utility has a program?
Contact your utility provider to find out if there is a smart grid program available in your area.

How can I get my utility to participate?
The first step is to contact Generac for help in setting up a program to participate in your service area. More information is available at https://www.generac.com/specialpages/smart-grid-ready.

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.

How do I find out if my utility has a program?
Contact your utility provider for information about the programs they offer for participants.

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.

If my unit is Smart Grid Ready, does that mean that I can participate?
Your local electric utility must participate in the Concerto-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

I already have a PWRcell system. Is my system Smart Grid Ready?
PWRcell X7602, X11402, XVT07 models are currently Smart Grid Ready, and all properly installed systems can be upgraded to be Smart Grid Ready.

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.

Which models are Smart Grid Ready?

  • Home standby generators – All Guardian Series generators (10/14/18/22/24kW)
  • Commercial “Protector” generators including: RG022, RG025, RG027, RG030, RG032, RG036, RG038, RG045, RG048, RG060, RG080, RG100, RG130, RG150, RD015, RD020, RD030, RD048, RD050
  • 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

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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