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Imagine never worrying about power outages disrupting your business operations or leaving your home in the dark. With Solent Power, this peace of mind is just a call or email away.

Our dedicated team provides the advice and technical support necessary to ensure you have the right generator size and that it is installed correctly.

Power outages can be costly and disruptive, but with Solent Power, you can secure a reliable backup solution tailored to your needs. Contact us today to discuss your requirements and get started on your generator installation project.
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Tailored Generator Solutions For Your Home Or Business

At Solent Power, we supply standby generators for businesses and homes across the UK and can provide the advice and technical support you need to ensure that you have the right size generator and that it is installed correctly.

With a simple phone call or email, we can give you all the information you need to start planning your generator installation project.

We offer two types of generator installation services for our customers: Complete turnkey generator installations or 'supply only' arrangements, where we work with your staff or contractors to help deliver your standby generator project with you.

Turnkey Generator Installations

If you prefer a ‘hands off’ approach and would like your entire project taken care of, we can offer a comprehensive service including:

  • Site survey and feasibility – Assessing your business risk level and your existing infrastructure to provide the optimum solution to protect your most critical parts of the business.
  • Equipment specification – Getting the correct size generator unit specification to ensure you have the right capacity and fuel efficiency for a seamless power supply.
  • Fully itemized quotation with different options – Ensuring you are informed and confident in the proposed solution and that it suits your needs.
  • Supply, delivery and generator positioning – We can arrange truck delivery or crane lift options.
  • Electrical, mechanical and civil works – We will ensure that all work is planned around your operations including any potential outages for electrical connections.
  • Commissioning & training – Having a fully functioning system that you understand how to operate and manage.
  • Ongoing service and maintenance – Keep your equipment in good working condition and maintain your equipment warranty. Our experienced generator engineers ensure you have access to ongoing power when you need it most.
A Teksan standby generator installed by Solent Power
If a turnkey "hands-off" approach would suit you best, please provide your details so we can arrange a call or site visit.

'Supply Only' Standby Generator Projects

If you have your own electricians and builders, it can sometimes be simpler to manage some parts of your generator installation project yourself.

We are happy to work with you in as little capacity as required to help you achieve your standby generator installation.

  • We can advise your electrician to make the right checks and gather all necessary information from your site to help specify the equipment and installation specifics.
  • Your electrician can install the generator cabling, and your builder can erect the concrete base as part of your complete standby generator installation.
  • We then supply your generator, auto transfer switch, and fuel tank, advising your electricians on cabling requirements and installation. As this is not a frequent type of installation for electricians, they often need advice to ensure that everything is connected correctly and the installation is compliant.
  • We make a single visit to commission the installation and ensure it functions correctly.
A 'Supply Only' option can be more cost-efficient. If this sounds appealing, please contact us, and we can arrange a call.
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Why Choose Solent Power For Your Generator Installation?

Solent Power is a people-focused company. We believe that business should be a force for good. We care about our team, our customers, and our community.

Solent Power is, and always will be, an independent supplier of generators and associated equipment. This means that we have no contracts with manufacturers with incentives to offer certain equipment types that may not be suitable for you.

Losing access to mains power can impact your operations and 

We will find you the simplest and most cost-effective solution without compromising on quality. Working with an installation professional ensures you can access an uninterruptible power supply when needed and avoid costly errors.
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What's Involved With A Generator Installation?

Several steps are involved in installing a generator for your home or business. Below is a step-by-step guide on how we will approach this with you:

Step 1

We will gather some basic information from you to see if we can give you some initial advice and budgets. Information we may ask for:

  • What is the size of your incoming supply, fuse size? Single or 3 phase? And where is this located?
  • Where is your current fuse board located?
  • Where would you like your generator to be located, indoors? Outdoors? How far is this from your consumer unit/distribution board or incoming mains fuses.
  • Do you want your generator to power your entire home, business, or just certain buildings or equipment? This will help us determine how much power you need.
  • Would you like your generator to operate fully automatic or manually?
  • How often and how long do you experience power cuts in your area? This will determine the size of the generator fuel tank you will require. You may need an external fuel tank.

We may need photos or videos showing the proposed location of the generator and photos of your fuse board.

By gathering some basic information, we can discuss some ideas with you and propose solutions with budgets for each option. This allows you to decide what works best for you before we move forward.

Step 2

Step 2

We will offer various options with different generator brands and installation setups, providing flexibility regarding cost and practicality.

Once we have a proposed solution for your generator installation that works for you, we can arrange a free site visit to confirm all the details with you and ensure that we have all the information we need to provide an accurate quotation.

If any changes are needed, we can discuss them with you.

Step 3

Step 3

Upon quote acceptance, we can agree on a payment schedule that aligns with equipment lead times and project timeline and look at potential dates for the following:

  • Any groundwork, electrical cabling or ducting needed.

  • Delivery of equipment to the site

  • Installation of the equipment

  • Commissioning

Step 4

Step 4

We'll spend some time helping you understand your new generator installation and showing you how to make basic checks and how to operate it from the controller.

You'll receive all the equipment manuals, drawings, and a handy checksheet explaining how to operate and maintain your new generator.

  • At this point you are now fully protected from power cuts with your standby generator.
  • We will take care of your warranty registration and validate it with the equipment manufacturers.
  • We can create a service plan involving planned visits to keep your equipment in good working condition.

How Much Does A Generator Installation Cost?

Generator installation costs depend on numerous factors, but we go out of our way to provide a cost-effective service. The factors that influence your installation expenses include:

  • Size and specification of the generator – standard canopy or custom canopy?

  • Building work or groundwork required – Concrete slab needed? Walls removed?

  • Length, size and route of generator cabling – underground ducting, cable ladder, or tray?

  • Type of operation – Automatic changeover or manual changeover

  • Fuel tank required – Longer run times may require additional fuel tanks.

  • Location – indoor installation will require ventilation and exhaust works

As a general rule of thumb for how much a generator costs fully installed, for a three phase unit you can expect to pay approx. £2.50- £3.00 per kVA. For example, a 100kVA standby diesel generator installation will cost around £20-30k.

Simple solutions that require less power can be inexpensive, such as having a mobile 6-10kVA generator that connects via a manual changeover switch and plug and extension. This type of solution can be under £5k in total.

Diesel generators range in price and start from around £5k for a 10kvA unit, and go up to around £50k for a 500kVA diesel generator.

Contact us to discuss your requirements, and we will see how best to help you keep your installation as simple and cost-effective as possible.
A 25kVA Himoinsa Generator commissioned by Solent Power

Which Generators Are Best For Standby Use?

As independent suppliers, we work only with the best leading generator brands.

Some brands are better for different applications, so we always consider various factors when suggesting or recommending particular products rather than always offering what is easiest for us or the cheapest option.

For example, Caterpillar generators are the best products for prime power applications where frequent long-running periods for powering machinery are required.

JCB and Pramac generators offer good quality and value rental generator products with lots of variety in their specifications, so we like to offer them for mobile diesel generators, generators used for temporary events, and trailer-mounted generators.

The Teksan and Himoinsa generators are top-rated for standby generators due to their high build quality, the choice of leading brand engines and components and their excellent price point.

Due to the engine brand reputation, we often get asked to supply a Yanmar or a Perkins generator, so both Himoinsa and Teksan have been ideal for our clients. Both of these brands also come fully standby ready with battery chargers, jacket water heaters, and remote start connections.

Unsure what sized generator you need for your home or business? Arrange a free site visit today.

Do I Need A Generator To Backup My Entire Building?

You might not need power to back up the entire building. For example, some people might want to keep their appliances running, while businesses need to access vital equipment during power outages.

Generator size and installation costs can be reduced by only powering your essential or critical loads.

This can be done by splitting your consumer unit or switchboard into two separate boards, with only the essential loads located in one board.

This way, the generator can be switched as an alternative feed into your essential board only.

This means you can reduce your generator size, but in the event of a power cut, you will lose your non-important loads or equipment.

The best way to determine the right type of generator installation for your home or business is to arrange a site survey. During the survey, we can discuss your circumstances and examine your options.

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