For the time being, Island Energy’s Backup Generator Incentive Program opens to “Medically Qualified” customers only.
Eligibility: Customers currently on the Medical Support Baseline Program
Rebate Amount: $250.00 per application
Installation: Qualified Installers
Permits: City of Vallejo Permit
Inspection: City of Vallejo Building Inspection, Island Energy Utility Inspection
A few things to consider for purchasing a backup generator
- A stand-alone power generator is typically fueled by solar plus storage, batteries, natural gas, gasoline, propane, or diesel fuel. Backup generators do not interconnect to Island Energy’s electric grid to avoid back-feeding.
- Size your backup generator based on your energy needs and the duration you need power for during an outage. Be sure that your power need is supported by your generator and does not exceed the manufacturer’s specifications.
- Generators can cost from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.
- A permanent standby generator requires professional installation because of the direct connection to a home or business electric system.
- Rented generators can offer a source of power but you must follow all safety tips. Your rental store professional can also instruct you on the proper use of your rented generator.
- Permanent generation requires high ground, where flooding is not likely to be a concern. Building code requirements must also be considered, particularly in densely populated areas.
- No matter what type of generator you have, always consult the owner’s manual for detailed instructions and safety guidelines prior to operation.
- Island Energy requires all portable and permanent standby generators must be operated outdoor in a non-enclosed and well-ventilated area to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning and death.
Portable Battery Safety
Small batteries used for power are often portable and do not require professional installation for use.
- Follow all warnings and manufacturers’ instructions for portable power stations/batteries.
- Never put a battery in a completely sealed environment.
- Do not smoke near batteries.
- Do not have any open flames near batteries.
- If storing on shelves or racks, make sure they are secure.
Home battery safety
- For home battery systems, ensure you are working with a reputable battery manufacturer and a high-quality, trusted installation company.
- Ensure that battery manufacturers meet standardized industry safety regulations.
- Work with a certified battery installer