How Backup Generators Can Be a Lifesaver For Businesses

Oct 2, 2023

If you experience a power outage, business interruption insurance may provide additional financial support. However, it cannot help you regain customers who may have moved on due to delays in disrupted services. To prevent such losses, investing in backup power generation is the most effective way to protect your business.

Zabatt Power Systems can provide you with a new or pre-owned backup generator for purchase or rent, or a complete emergency power solution that ensures your business operations continue even during power outages. This reliable energy source can help you retain your clients and even attract new customers in your community by providing emergency backup services when others cannot.


There are various types of disaster scenarios, some occurring suddenly while others provide a little warning, that can lead to power outages, beyond hurricanes:

  • fire
  • high winds
  • tornadoes
  • ice
  • heat waves

Having backup power generation is a wise decision for any business, regardless of its location in Florida. 


Backup power generation works like this:

  1. The utility power drops out. 
  2. The generator’s automatic transfer switch (ATS) recognizes the power loss and activates the generator, restoring your power.
  3. The generator continues running until utility power is restored, at which point the generator shuts off automatically. 

This scenario assumes a standby generator is set up with an automatic transfer switch (ATS). 

Towable or mobile diesel generators can range in size from 14 kW to 2000 kW and can serve as an excellent temporary power source. A certified electrician can easily connect a towable diesel generator to a business’s main power source. However, it’s important to note that portable generators (ranging from 2000 to 7000 watts or 2-7 kW) are generally more suited for residential use, as they may not be sufficient to power a business with a larger power footprint.

In case your operations don’t require a lot of power, a portable gasoline or propane generator can provide backup power for several days if needed. However, you’ll need to manually transfer to backup power as portable generators don’t have automatic transfer capability. Standby generators come in two main formats: diesel and gas.

When it comes to reliable power generation, many commercial setups use diesel generators due to their power and reliability. However, in disaster scenarios, natural gas can provide a dependable fuel source as well. Your decision may come down to how much diesel you can store on-site and how comfortable you are relying on it.


Outages cost the U.S. economy an estimated $150 billion every year, with one in four companies reporting their power drops out at least once per month. A sudden power outage can immediately endanger people, as aborted machine cycles or failed lighting could cause heavy components to fall or impair individuals walking downstairs. During a prolonged power outage, essential services such as ventilation, hot water, visibility, and emergency communication may be jeopardized.

Imagine if your business experienced an extended power outage:

  • Perishable items and other valuable assets are at risk of being damaged or destroyed.
  • Your reputation could take a serious blow as you fail to meet your obligations to customers.
  • You may face unforeseen costs of restarting or rebooting heavy machinery or equipment.
  • Employees can be injured in a variety of ways, opening you up to lost productivity and even lawsuits.   
  • Being forced to close day after day reduces income while bills continue.


When it comes to the cost of a backup commercial generator, size is the main determining factor. However, this can vary greatly. If you run a small or medium-sized business, you might require a generator that can produce an output of 20 kW to 100 kW.

The actual cost can vary depending on factors such as the condition, manufacturer, and type of fuel used (diesel, natural gas, or propane).

In the case of large or industrial businesses, you may require a power capacity of up to 500 kW or 1,000 kW or even more, which could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Investing in backup power is not just a numbers game. The certainty and predictability that a generator offers has significant value that can’t be represented only by dollars, and the peace of mind it provides is priceless.


At Zabatt Power Systems, we offer options for backup generator installation to meet your need:

Purchase Beforehand

If you’re serious about protecting your business, the best time to get a standby generator in place is well before an outage looms…in other words, today. This will be a long-term solution you can count on for years. Zabatt Power Systems can design a custom solution for you if required based on your energy profile, budget, location, and more, plus install it and perform regular maintenance over its entire lifetime.

Emergency Rental

As a business owner, it is important to have a backup generation plan in place before any outage occurs. Waiting until an emergency situation arises may lead to delays in receiving a contingency rental due to high demand. This service includes covering fuel, transportation, and installation costs. Please keep in mind that we prioritize our current rental customers during emergencies.

A standby generator makes good sense for any business, especially in areas where power outages occur regularly. At Zabatt Power Systems, we assist our clients in implementing power solutions that are reliable and efficient. Our Sales Team and Generator Technicians are uniquely suited to assist you in finding the right critical power solutions for your business. For more information, click the button below.