Industry: Municipal Water/Wastewater

In late 2007, The City of Lakewood, Ohio’s Waste Water Treatment Plant was seeking a generator backup system for their main operations building.

The City had previously used Generac systems in an outlying building at the same plant, as well as in several other City facilities and has experienced reliability and excellent service from Generator Systems, Inc. (GSI). Therefore, GSI was the only company initially contacted about this new need.

Originally, the city’s Division Manager desired a 750 kW generator at the suggestion of the electric utility who provides power to the facility. However, GSI was able to propose a value added solution using Generac’s Gemini product, offering 1,000 kW (1 Megawatt) in a single, sound attenuated enclosure.

GSI’s proposal included twin 500 kW generators inside the enclosure, providing the plant with engine redundancy and further providing 50% redundant backup of critical circuits using Generac’s Modular Power System (MPS) capabilities. The Division Manager was so impressed with GSI’s proposal that he subsequently rejected any proposal from others which relied on a single engine.

Proximity to an environmentally sensitive metropolitan park system, with its myriad recreational venues and hiking trails, as well as proximity to high dollar residences required the utmost level of sound attenuation. Generac’s Gemini product, with its nested silencers and sound attenuated enclosure met and exceeded the requirements.

The Lakewood Waste Water Treatment Plant was able to realize maximum value and return on investment which exceeded their initial design criteria, while remaining within budget and realizing a delivery time unmatched by the competition.