Generac, Enchanted Rock announce microgrid pact
By Jack Burke14 September 2021
Units will be built in Oshkosh, Wis.
Generac Power Systems announced a five-year development agreement with microgrid provider Enchanted Rock to build and supply its advanced natural gas generators and control systems.
Enchanted Rock of Houston, Texas, designs, builds, operates, and maintains ultra-low emissions dual-purpose microgrids for commercial, industrial and government customers and supply electric grid operators with critical grid stability services that accelerate the adoption of wind and solar, without sacrificing system reliability.
“We are excited to have Generac as a key technology partner as we continue our mission to develop and deploy advanced power resiliency systems across the United States,” said Ian Blakely, chief technology officer, Enchanted Rock. “As we continue to grow with our direct customers and utility partners across new geographies, expanding our supply chain with a market leader such as Generac helps us in our goal to meet our quality, price, and performance standards.”
The microgrid solutions will be based on Wisconsin-based Generac’s rich-burn gaseous engine technology and newly acquired Deep Sea Electronics control systems, which are designed to provide quick-start, utility-grade backup power in a much cleaner format when compared to traditional diesel generator solutions, the company said.
“Natural gas-fueled generators provide a reliable and cleaner source of power that ideally fits this business model,” said Corey Honl, senior director of global industrial solutions, Generac Power Systems. “By leveraging and integrating Generac’s expertise into Enchanted Rock’s generator design, we can deliver the most reliable, robust, and flexible product for use in a large array of applications.”
The new units will be manufactured at Generac’s Oshkosh, Wisconsin facility, and will incorporate Enchanted Rock’s patented quiet design and compact footprint to protect businesses from interruptions during power outages. The generator systems will be utilized in a variety of microgrid applications and will be continuously monitored and maintained by Enchanted Rock to help ensure the highest level of availability, the companies said.