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Standby Power – Generators & UPS

If you live in Florida, you have probably experienced power outages. Not only is Central Florida the “lightning capital of the nation”, but the high winds of our hurricane system often cause power interruptions within our buildings. Cornelius Electrical Contractors can provide both short- and long-term uninterrupted power solutions.

Backup power systems are used to keep electrical systems running during a power utility interruption. From individual equipment devices to full building and property backup power systems, Cornelius Electrical Contractors will be able to evaluate your specific power needs and deliver the appropriate solution.

Two of the most popular types of backup power supply systems are Generators and UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply).


A generator is a machine that converts mechanical energy into electricity. They generally require fuel – such as natural gas, LP gas, or diesel fuel – to operate. They are installed outside the home and are wired through an automatic transfer switch to the main electrical panel. During a power outage, generators automatically kick in and restore power to a building in about 20 seconds and continue to run until power is restored.

Cornelius Electrical Contractors can install a system large enough to power your whole house (including your air conditioning) or a smaller model to power necessities such as a refrigerator, lights, and emergency band radios. These backup power systems can provide a feeling of safety, security, and well-being during stressful acts of nature. Properly installed whole-house generators are also much safer than the solutions provided by gasoline-powered generators and extensions cords.


An uninterruptible power supply (or uninterruptible power source) stores power in batteries. Any equipment plugged into a UPS runs from the power provided by the batteries; an interruption to a building’s electricity will not cause a power outage to the equipment plugged into a UPS for the duration of the power that the batteries supply.

The on-battery runtime of a UPS system is limited to the amount of battery storage. They are generally used to protect computers, data centers, telecommunication equipment or other electrical equipment from unexpected power outages.

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