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July 23, 2014–Standby Generator Project Completed

IEA has completed the installation of a second standby generator at a major manufacturer in Postville, Iowa.  The second unit is a 1,000 kW prime power rated diesel generator that had previously been in service at another IEA location and had been placed into IEA’s inventory. This second generator, along with a generator that was continue reading

Financial Evaluation of Energy Technologies

When considering whether to undertake a large capital expenditure for your plant, whether it is an onsite power generation system or a renewable energy installation, you no doubt will perform a financial evaluation to justify the expenditure. There are several methods of performing these financial evaluations. Each has its pros and cons and each has continue reading

Solar Power Generation Mystery Solved

In a previous blog article, I had described a solar power generation installation that IEA has completed at one of its facilities. This installation has been in service for a little over a year now, and we have collected enough data to confidently assess its performance. One peculiarity we have noticed, is that one of continue reading

Should You Consider Storm Running?

Have you ever considered operating your existing standby generator(s) for storm running purposes?  Under what circumstances would I operate my generator for storm running? What is the cost to my business of an outage caused by an electrical disturbance?  And just what is storm running in the first place? Storm running is the operation of continue reading

Standby Generator Environmental Permitting

When considering the addition of standby generators, you must recognize they are an emission source. Many commercial and industrial customers may already have emission sources permitted by a local, State or Federal authority. In some jurisdictions, emergency only generators and generators below certain ratings (usually in horsepower) are exempt from permitting. However, if your facility continue reading

Solar Power Installation

In order to demonstrate the current solar power technologies available, IEA has installed a 3 KW Solar Power installation at one of its facilities in Marion, Iowa.  In addition to demonstrating the technology, IEA was interested in reducing its ongoing energy expenses at this location. The site was already on a Time of Day metering continue reading