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Letter: Smart Buys Lead To Low Cost Energy

I read with interest the article “When The Power Goes Out, Generators Power Up” by Christy Hinko in this week’s Mineola American. It vindicates all that I said not too long ago. The information given is backed up by professionals. The major manufacturers were mentioned, except Centurion.


My information is that a 60,000 watt standby generator could probably be purchased and installed for $20,000 or less. It would be able to produce 1.44 megawatts of electricity every 24 hours. I can’t say for sure but that might be enough for a good sized hospital. As was said, it would be required to handle the load of whatever might be turned on when it starts up.


I would add that the interface could be wired in between the main circuit breaker and the individual usage circuit breakers. This would allow that for its installation, merely shut off the main circuit breaker. No need to involve LIPA.


I can imagine that this interface would start up the ‘standby’ within a few seconds of the grid going down, would not allow current to flow into the down grid which would create numerous problems, would shut off the ‘standby’ when the grid comes back on and allow for easy testing; merely shut off the main circuit breaker and the standby would start up. 


For sure, Mineola’s Village Hall or buildings in the Mineola School District would not need anywhere the size I mentioned. The Mineola mayor and the village board OKed as much as $387,000 to purchase and install a backup and the

Mineola School superintendent was talking $300,000 a while back. Expenditures of this size would mandate some official scrutiny to say the least.


Charles Samek


Mineola Resident