Sizing Your Generator:
When sizing the generator you want to first select the season with the greatest demand for electricity in your operation. For example, if you use electricity for grain drying, the fall season is likely the time with greatest demand. Increase the required capacity of your generator by at least 10 % if you want to use your generator for long periods of time (not just during power failures.) Finally, increase the required size of your generator to allow for future anticipated electrical loads.
Generators need to be sized correctly to prevent overloading. Overloading a generator can cause poor power quality, and may damage the generator and electrical appliances in your barn and out-buildings. In order to determine the generator's size, make a list of what will be operating, and add the wattage of all the equipment. Be particularly cautious when calculating and connecting motor loads as starting wattage can be considerably higher than operating wattage. Refer to motor nameplates when making these calculations. Otherwise, horsepower (about 850 Watts per HP) can be used to determine the generator size. Motors require three to five times more current for starting than for continuous running.
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