Got a big party? Or a building site that needs power? A Kohler Generator can provide economical, clean power.
Kohler has just introduced two compact generators, what the company describes as “compact gaseous-fueled generators.”
The flexible systems can be powered by propane (LP fuel) or natural gas. The generators feature optional onboard fuel tanks. Units can use the portable tanks or be hooked up to propane or natural gas fuel sources. Users in areas without a propane gas supply can use on-board fuel and then switch to an on-site supply when available.
The 50REZGT (50 kVA) features a 4.3-liter naturally-aspirated engine while the 70REZGT (70 kVA) features a 5.7-liter engine. The on-board tank is built for a 24-hour run time, while connection to an external LP or natural gas supply offers extended usage.
Generally, propane and natural gas are considered more cost effective than diesel. For comparison, Kohler compared fuel-cost savings based on a price of $3.95 per gallon for diesel and $1.70 per gallon for LP, as published in December 2013 by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
Propane (LP) burns cleaner so these Kohler mobile generators produce fewer toxins and less smog-producing carbon monoxide. Kohler says, "LP also flashes to vapor at atmospheric pressure, which reduces the risk of accidents from fuel spills. The gaseous-fueled generators also feature a three-way exhaust catalyst and an electronic isochronous governor. They can be customized with optional add-ons like cam-locks and a voltage selector switch." Both generators are certified for prime power and standby applications by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and certified by the California Air Research Board, which sets strict air quality standards.
Kohler introduced the two generator models at The Rental Show in Orlando, Fla., last February.
Steve Zielke, Kohler Power Systems marketing manager says, “The 50REZGT and 70REZGT are ideal for the event rental, construction, commercial and water utility markets. The compact gensets are engineered to provide reliable power in any situation from disaster recovery and special events to serving as primary power at construction sites and backup power at water utilities, commercial retail and healthcare facilities.”
The two models are eligible for incentives of $1,000 to $3,500 from the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) and can help reduce users’ fuel costs by 15 to 20 percent* compared to diesel fuel.
According to Tucker Perkins, PERC’s chief business development officer, propane’s benefits extend beyond affordability, who says, “Propane has become the alternative fuel of choice for an expanding range of residential and commercial applications because of its efficiency and lower emissions.” Perkins says, “Equipment like Kohler’s new mobile generators will give professionals more opportunities to enjoy the benefits of clean, affordable, American-made propane on the jobsite.”
Not only are these generators cleaner and less costly to operate, but they are also easier to service. Kohler has a patent-pending enclosure. Someone servicing the unit need only remove a few bolts. Then the enclosure can be easily pulled off, which gives straightforward access to all parts without disconnecting any wires or additional parts. In addition, the mobile generators include a fluid containment system to collect any leaking engine fluids. All Kohler generators come with a standard three-year warranty managed through a service network of more than 10,000 dealers across the United States dedicated to meeting the needs of commercial and residential customers.
The new generators are the first entrants into what Kohler describes as a new line of mobile generators “designed with customization in mind, the line offers a choice of fuel, a wide range of engine sizes, and custom receptacle connectors, fuel tanks and paint or decal packages. When fully released, the line will include four gaseous gensets ranging from 30 kVA to 125 kVA.”
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