Hooking up Power with a Generator
Installing a whole home generator is a smart way to protect your home against power outages and other service interruptions. Recently, portable generators have gained popularity because they provide peace-of-mind back-up power in the event of an extended outage.
Our electric cooperative’s GenerLink device makes hooking up a portable generator simple and safe. This device, a five-inch device that is installed behind your electric meter, is designed to connect directly to a standard household electric service of 200 amps or less.
There are many ways to hook up a home to a portable generator. When you connect a portable generator to GenerLink and start it up, GenerLink automatically disconnects your house from the electric utility grid preventing the possibility of back feed, which can damage your equipment and harm utility personnel. To operate a critical appliance, you simply flip a breaker on in the household breaker panel once the generator is properly connected and operating.
Please note that before any device is installed, White River Valley Electric Cooperative (WRVEC) must approve installation. If you have another device you would prefer, please call our Engineering department at 417-335-9335 for approval.
The GenerLink device costs less than $600 and WRVEC can install these devices for just $50.