Power Up Sustainably: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Installing an Eco-Friendly Electric Generator


Are you prepared to move toward an energy-independent and environmentally friendly way of life? Establishing an “EcoGen” can be a hugely satisfying project. Once you live with it, you’ll not only be benefitting from backup power—look, Ma, no grid!—but you’ll also be “reducing your ‘carbon pawprint.’ Pawprint is my word; more on it later. To start, this is a guide to not just establishing an EcoGen but also to electrifying. We’re talking about mostly the same [kinds of] stuff you’d do if you were installing an ordinary generator. Only, with an EcoGen, you’re doing it with more intelligence and efficiency; in the case of using mostly power from local electrical supply companies, you’re doing it at half the price; and in the case of using power from renewable resources—like sun, wind, and water—you’re not paying anything extra!

Why Choose an Eco-Friendly Electric Generator?

Let’s go back over why it’s a good idea to choose an eco-friendly electric generator. Traditional gas-powered electric generators emit harmful greenhouse gasses. But if you generate electricity from a source that “burns” no fuel and emits no gasses, then you’ve got a zero-emissions opportunity. You operate a generator in that way, and the choices that you make for operation become even better for the environment. You can “feed” an eco-friendly generator with solar panels or wind turbines. Do that, and you’re getting close to 100% of the energy from the panels or turbines to go straight into the generator and come out the other end as a fully clean, premium power that you can use. Operate it in that way with no harmful fuels or gasses, and you’ve got the straight-up-greenest electric generator there is.

Step-by-Step Installation Guide

Opt for the Correct Generator:

  • What are your power requirements? To find out, see how many watts it takes to run your most necessary electrical appliances and devices.
  • Choose the variety of generator that is most appropriate for your requirements (solar, wind, battery, or hybrid).
  • Opt for a generator of a suitable size and with sufficient battery capacity to fulfill your power needs.

Choose a Spot:

  • If you have to pick a spot for an outdoor generator, be sure to choose a location that is well-ventilated. You should also opt for a solid, level surface that isn’t near anything that could catch fire—like, perhaps, the old wooden barn filled with straw that I mentioned before.
  • Make sure indoor generators have plenty of air circulation and are a safe distance away from all things.
  • Solar Panels: If you provisions allow, put your panels where the sun shines best.
  • The first step in archaeological excavation is the actual preparation of the site for digging. This usually involves first surveying the site and then planning out where to dig. The area you’re going to excavate is called the trench.
  • It’s important to note that the trench is kind of like an onion that’s sliced in half. Meaning, there are layers to it. The first layer you see is what’s called topsoil. This has to be very carefully removed because it tells you all the information you need about what the people who walked there first did with the ground you’re standing on. After you’ve removed the first layer, there’s the second layer, which is still not prehistoric. The third layer is prehistoric. And that’s how the trench goes. At its core is the most important part because that’s where you find evidence of where our most distant relatives, or a part of our most distant relatives, walked and how they inhabited the time they were in.
  • Get the Space Ready: The first thing is to ensure the installation site is clear of any obstacles or debris that might cause problems.
  • Build a strong foundation for the generator, and, if necessary, use cement or gravel to add extra stabilization.
  • From there, double-check the electrical wiring, and, once the generator bases itself at your location, make it dummy-proof for it to connect with the power box and to follow not just the letter but also the spirit of the power system’s ground rules. Pull the power from that generator, in any case, when the electric company is using the blocked, elevated power lines to maintain some form of electrical service to your campus during a power outage.
  • Begin the operations of the generator. Make sure it is creating energy.
  • Inspect the Connections: Take a second look at all of the electrical connections to make sure they are still safe and wired correctly.
  • Capacity test: Add appliances and devices one by one to the setup you want to be on the “generator side,” not the “utility side.” See how much you can add without overloading the generator.

Ongoing Upkeep:

  • Adhere to the plan: for prime performance and an extended lifespan, follow the manufacturer’s recommended (in some instances, required) maintenance schedules.
  • Taking Care of Your Batteries: If your generator is battery-powered, maintain the memory unit properly in the condition required by the manufacturer.
  • You will need to replace the defective memory unit to restore the backup power.
  • Safety Precautions:
  • Here are some rules to follow when dealing with a standby power system.
  • Professional Installation: If you are not comfortable with doing the installation yourself, hire an electrician.
  • As the generator set is somewhat large, you may need to have the local utility move some overhead wires.
  • Operating Your Generator:
  • Never operate a gas-powered generator indoors or in any enclosed space.
  • You should be adequately protecting the generator set from the elements when it is installed outdoors.


Taking the necessary steps to install an eco-friendly electric generator is a move that certainly pays off well into the future. Not only is it a cleaner and more sustainable way to produce electricity, but it’s also a smart move in terms of a necessary return to a reliable and simple system. Even if a person has a few panels and a small windmill, they are much closer to achieving the sort of fully-fledged energy system that current pioneers have created than they are to absorbing bit by bit the sort of feckless and lousy development promises that even the next proto-geopolitical region might find a path towards.

In other words, decentralized electricity is the first and last thing you do. In contrast, the simultaneous turn towards feasible and messy geopolitics is something that even the most ardent planners in this very region seem to breathe with reluctance. Nonetheless, using the pair of reliable Clean Power Plan set scenarios of the EIA’s AEO 2014, my following calculations demonstrate how much can be done without a simultaneous electricity pathway.

Also, these are not “rebound” scenarios but instead Clean Power Plans into which the dynamic of offshore wind and nuclear power is allowed to go to work. As such, allowing the two Clean Power Plan scenarios to unfold can be thought of as “remixes” in the sort of set-up to clean electricity that guarantees particular payoffs into 2030—a fact that is all the more impressive given that those Clean Power Plans can (and probably will) be achieved by a combination of policies, not with military-style push-toward-proto-geopolitical mandate.

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