The new Generac Homelink 6500E from Hughes Solar

Remember Hurricane Sandy.

When Hurricane Sandy hit in October of 2012 communities all over New Jersey were left without power for weeks on end. Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, and the second-costliest hurricane in US history. Most people don’t realize that even with solar power on their home they’ll still be left without power because most systems automatically shut off so power doesn’t feed back into the lines and kill lineman. You need a complete off the grid solar system with home battery setup or a home generator to produce power when the electric goes out due to a natural disaster.

Of the two option the cheaper way to go is the home generator. Even with a complete off grid system we still recommend a home generator to make sure you have the power you need when you need it. In most cases solar alone doesn’t supply 100% of a homes power and if power is out for a long period of time your home battery will eventually run out. Having a backup generator with solar or a generator alone will assure you and your family will not be without power when you need it.

Take a look at this new home generator from Generac. It’s a great home generator to partner with your off grid solar system for a pretty low cost.

Generac Power Systems HomeLink 6500E

Generac Power Systems, a leading designer and manufacturer of backup power generators and engine-powered tools, announced the introduction of the HomeLink 6500E, a revolutionary, all-inclusive, residential backup power kit.

The new HomeLink™ 6500E is an affordable, safe, one-of-a-kind backup power solution that integrates an upgradeable transfer switch and a portable generator in one package. The kit enables homeowners to properly prepare for outages, with the ability to back up essential circuits using the portable generator – and easily upgrade to an automatic home backup generator in the future with the HomeLink upgradeable manual transfer switch.

Say goodbye to those frustrating hours spent without power, dragging out extension cords and potential backfeeding, and say hello to this easy-to-use, powerful backup power package.

The new 6500E portable generator is designed to provide residential backup power to essential circuits. When the 6500E isn’t providing home backup power, it can be used to power recreation equipment, tools and more. It’s equipped with an easy-to-use electric start and TruePower™ technology, which delivers less than 5 percent total harmonic distortion (THD) for clean, smooth operation of sensitive electronics and appliances.

Other notable features include:

• Plug-in battery charger jack for easy charging
• Low-oil shutdown to safeguard the engine
• An hour meter for tracking maintenance intervals
• Covered outlets to protect the unit from environmental conditions

Included with the 6500E is the HomeLink upgradable manual transfer switch. With a push of a button, this versatile, innovative transfer switch allows homeowners to easily harness the power of their portable generator to power hardwired circuits in their home. And when homeowners decide to upgrade to an automatic home backup generator, HomeLink is designed to allow electricians to simply change out the subpanel, conveniently preparing the pre-wired switch for an automatic home generator to backup essential circuits (max 11 kW). This greatly reduces the typical installation cost of an automatic home generator because all the circuits have already been wired.

As with other Generac transfer switches, HomeLink is a pre-wired electrical device that is installed next to a home’s utility panel. During an outage, it allows a backup generator to deliver power to hardwired appliances, such as a furnace, refrigerator or well pump. Power indicator lights show homeowners when they have utility power or generator power.