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Posted by W on August 7, 2011, 3:30 am
 
Are there any natural gas generators that are designed to run 24x7 for
generating electrical for a small home?   Most smaller generators I have
seen are "standby" units.

What should you expect to spend to buy such a unit?  What is a typical
annual maintenance cost?

--
W



Posted by m II on August 7, 2011, 12:26 pm
 
Why?
The grid will always be cheaper and more reliable.



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Are there any natural gas generators that are designed to run 24x7 for
generating electrical for a small home?   Most smaller generators I have
seen are "standby" units.

What should you expect to spend to buy such a unit?  What is a typical
annual maintenance cost?

--
W





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Posted by W on August 7, 2011, 10:06 pm
 
Over a baseline utilization level, electrical use on the grid in our area
costs around 30 cents per kWh.   With natural gas at all time lows and
likely to stay depressed for many years because of shale gas discoveries, I
thought it would be worth seeing if a natural gas generator could supplement
grid to keep electrical usage from the grid under the baseline....

For just the component of usage that is 30 cents per kWh, I wanted to see if
a small NG generator could be operated at around 10 cents per kWh.

The problem as I see it is that probably 24x7 NG generators are focused on
higher end markets, typically small industrial production areas rather than
home or small office level installation.   But if the products exist for
smaller applications and can run reliably, I would certainly want to run the
numbers.

--
W




Posted by Morris Dovey on August 7, 2011, 10:58 pm
 On 8/7/11 5:06 PM, W wrote:


In the Yorktown area Dominion / Virginia Electric and Power Co. gives
residential subscribers the option to lease NG-fueled generators that
kick in automatically when grid power is interrupted. I don't know what
the cost is, but I do know that they're capable of providing normal
power for A/C and household appliances - and that it hasn't been unusual
for them to run steadily for a week or two following major storms.

You might be able to find some specifics by browsing

    http://www.dom.com

or at least find contact information so you can talk to someone who
knows about the equipment they provide.

Good luck - I hope this helps.

--
Morris Dovey
DeSoto Solar
http://www.iedu.com/Solar/

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