Portable Generator
Rental Rates

ISU Utilities rents portable electric generators for a variety of needs. Currently available are small generators rated between 1.8 and 5 kilowatts and one large generator rated at 300 kilowatts. Contact Randy Larabee at 294-2716 or by email for more information.


Small Generators

The small generators are gasoline units that can be transported by most any vehicle. Typical uses are for events that require 120 volts for small sound systems or limited catering equipment in remote locations where other power is not available. Connection to the equipment is by standard extension cords. These units have capacities that range from 15 to 40 amps at 120 volts single phase, i.e. similar to standard electrical receptacles. All rates assume the equipment is kept by the user for one day, overnight or over a weekend.

Pickup and return to Utilities by renter during normal work hours: $10 per above notes
Deliver and pickup by Utilities Staff: Time and material rates will be charged

Large Generator

This generator is a large portable diesel engine unit rated at 300 kilowatts on a triple axel trailer that requires delivery by Utilities Staff and appropriate space to park and set-up for service. Typical uses for this generator would be locations that require three phase power at either 120/208 volts or 277/480 volts in remote locations where other power sources are not available or to provide power to a building during an interruption of normal electrical service. Connection to this generator requires approved distribution equipment be rented from Utilities or provided by the user. The generator has a maximum output of 800 amps per phase at 120/208 volts or 350 amps per phase at 277/480 volts.

Setting Up or Tearing Down

Includes Set Up, Tear Down, and instructions on operation. The first 400 kWH of operation is included in the Set Up.

During 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. M-F $500
After Hours and Weekends Set Up: Add $100
After Hours and Weekends Tear Down: Add $100
Run charges over 400 kWH $0.75 per kWH used between 400 and 700
Run charges over 700 kWH $0.50 per kWH used between 700 and 1000
Run charges over 1000 kWH $0.20 per kWH used above 700

Set-Up defined as delivery of generator and cables to the site, hooking up the electrical cables to the generator only and giving generator operating instructions. Routing of the cables between the generator and the loads and connection to the loads is by others or available from Distribution staff on a time and material basis.

Tear-Down defined as removal of the generator and cables from the site and disconnecting the cables from the generator only. All cables shall be picked up and coiled by the User adjacent to the generator or pickup and coiling will be available from Distribution staff on a time and material basis.

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