Propane / Natural Gas Generator Backup

It’s been over two decades since Generac created the residential generator market. Prior to that, smaller standby units were generally too costly and impractical for residential use. With the development of Generac’s OHVI engine, the #1 selling brand of home backup generators was born, and automatic standby power became both an accessible and affordable option for homeowners.

A permanently installed Generac home backup generator (known as a standby generator) protects your home automatically. It runs on natural gas or liquid propane (LP) fuel, and sits outside just like a central air conditioning unit. A home backup generator delivers power directly to your home’s electrical system, backing up your entire home or just the most essential items.

Standby Generator vs. Portable Generator

When beginning your search for the generator that best meets your needs and budget, your first decision is to pick between a permanently installed, standby generator, or a smaller portable option. It’s important to understand your homes’ needs and your unique living situation to ensure the selection of the correct generator. Both generator options have their pros and cons:

  • Portable Generator
  • $
  • Good for small power needs such as tools, and refrigerators
  • Use at home, camping, work, or on the go
  • Automatic transfer of power normally not an option
  • Will need plugged in and powered on manually
  • May need to be dropped off for service
  • Louder operation
  • Manually charge solar energy system battery
  • Frequent maintenance and service schedule
  • Standby Generator
  • $$$
  • Backup whole house including furnace, appliances, AC
  • Increases home resale value
  • Automatic transfer of power
  • Provides power to whole house or select loads automatically
  • Good for homes with sump pumps – avoid a flooded basement
  • Quieter operation
  • Automatically charge solar energy system battery
  • Maintenance / service every 2 years or 200 hours of run time

For many homeowners, the maintenance of a portable generator is too much trouble. We often encounter old generators that were bought months, if not years, earlier and are no longer functioning due to lack of service. After sitting for long periods of time, and then being needed during a grid outage, a homeowner may drag the generator outside to start it; only to find that it will not power on. Lesser quality, portable generators often require more attention to keep them in good condition. Issues such as: fouled spark plugs, bad gas, little to no oil, dead batteries (for electronic ignition), and dirty carburetors are typical of portable generators that have sat for long periods of time or have been overworked without maintenance.
Generac standby generators are designed to be reliable over the long haul; waiting quietly until they are needed.

Why Choose SolFarm For Your Generator?

SolFarm's team of certified installers can help you identify your needs to size the correct generator and integrate it with a new or existing solar energy system. Whether you would like a portable generator for multi-purpose use, or a whole house solution with solar + battery, we are here to provide a turnkey installation. SolFarm will also be available for maintaining your system. SolFarm also helps you with any rebates and incentives that are available in your area. We want you to be at ease knowing that you have a team of professionals with you through the entire process, and beyond.

Interested in a quote? Contact us to start the conversation.

The ultimate energy security system

Combining solar and gas backup gives you the best of both worlds; reduced energy bills and emergency power. Add a battery to your solar energy system for the ultimate backup system.

Generac gas geneartor with transfer switch

Outback Power Inverters

Capable of utilizing both lithium ion or lead acid batteries, Outback Power inverters can also control gas/propane generators. In the event an outage occurs at night, or the solar energy system cannot produce enough power, the gas generator can charge the battery. Solar + generator saves gas and reduces the run time, and noise, of the generator.

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