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Things to consider before buying a generator

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A generator helps provide electricity for a certain period of time during a sudden power outage provided the generator is filled with the required fuel.  A good generator is worth the money, and many manufacturers are making it more efficient, quieter and easy to use. If you are planning to buy a generator for the first time or making an upgrade of the generator, then here are some of the things which you need to consider:

  • Power up
  • Don’t pollute
  • Be quiet

When you are running many high-power appliances from the generator, ensure the watts rating is sufficient to support the devices to operate. You need to determine how much power is required at a given time. Some generators can punch out only a hundred watts, while others can produce in thousands. Lighting does not require many watts, but devices such as hair dryers, microwaves, air conditioners suck a lot of watts. High-watt generators are very expensive, bulkier and heavier when compared to low-watt generators. If your devices require a large amount of power, then you will have to buy the high-producing generator which you can afford.

You need to consider the exhaust system of the generator if you are planning to use for your camping activities because some places allow only fuel-efficient, clean-running generators. Even if you are not allowed by law to use the model, it is harming the environment as the exhaust system will produce strong fumes and dark smoke when they are running. A good generator, such as Jackery solar generators, does not produce a large amount of foul-smell exhaust.

As the units run on power engines to produce current, it is tough to control the commotion when they are running at a high rpm. Some manufacturers have found out the way to handle this problem and are producing generator units that are quietand you don’t even know the generator is running. These units are costly, but it’s worth the price. It is a necessity if you are planning to use the generator in the campground. A good generator supplies the power you need without any noise of gasoline motor running. You can see some examples of these generators in this article.

Features to consider when you buy a generator

A portable generator will help you work without interruption.  These generators can be used as backup power at functions/ceremonies or if you need power in a remote area. When you are buying a generator online, you should consider several factors. These are some factors that are detailed for a better understanding.

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  • Output

It is important to know the maximum and rated output when you are buying the generator. It is better to know how much power you require from the generator so that it helps to cut down your choices. Rated output means the number of watts the generator can produce for any given time. The maximum output refers to the number of watts a generator can produce regardless of the duration of running the generator. For instance, the device can be started with the generator with maximum output but it won’t help to run for long hours at the same output. If you plan on using the generator for the purpose of powering an RV, make sure to purchase an RV Ready generator.

  • Sizing

The size of the generator depends on what device you will power. Power devices complicate things at times because initially, they require more power than while running. You need to consider both scenarios and make sure your generator can manage them. So it is advised to buy a large generator, which is sufficient enough to run the required devices.

  • Portability

A generator should be portable because you might need to transport it from one Jobsite to others.  Wheel kits are the best option for such a generator as they can be easily loaded, moved and unloaded also. It is tough to load a 250–pound generator in and out of the truck frequently. There are few models that have to lift hooks to carry the generator, which makes it easier to carry with booms and forklifts.

  • Runtime

It is important to know the number of watts a generator can produce as well as how long a generator can run on a full fuel in the tank. This depends on how long you run the generator. The runtime will be estimated depending on the working of the generator at half capacity. A generator having idle control will be able to run at some RPMs, increases the runtime and save fuel.

  • Durability

It is advised to buy a good generator that is not going to break down in a few weeks. When you buy generators for sale, look for metal frames wrapped around mentions to protect your generator. Most of it can tolerate heavy impacts and still run. Take a look at the scheduled maintenance to know the hour duration you require for the generator to run.

  • Decibel rating

It is important to know how much noise your generator will produce when it is running. You also don’t like to disturb others while you are working due to the noise that is produced. Prolonged exposure to noise which is more than 85 decibels can result in deafness. So, when you are looking for a generator, search for a rating that is not more than 75.

Things to consider while buying a generator for business

When you have decided to purchase a generator for your business, you have to go through certain factors than just the brand name, price, and preferences. There are different types of generators, but checking out the different factors before buying a generatorhelps in the long run. Here are the things to consider when you are in the market for a generator system for your business purpose.

  • Know your power requirement

Your power requirements at times can tie back your budget. You need to determine if the generator should run for the entire building or only for an emergency load. When using for an entire building, factors such as peak demand in the summer season should be considered. When using for emergency purposes, then emergency circuits should be determined. For an existing building, an electrician is required to split the emergency circuits from the main panel to separate the emergency electrical panel. For home purposes, power needs depend on the home owner’s preferences. For a critical application, there should always be certain loads to use for emergency backups.

  • Fuel type

The most commonly used fuel types for the generators are diesel, natural gas, and propane. Though gasoline is convenient, it is seen as a poor fuel selection for the generators because of its short time stability. Cost is the factor while choosing between natural gas and diesel fuel type, but the cost depends on the generator’s size. Another important factor is fuel availability.

  • Location of the generator

The generator should be set up in a location where it is easily accessible for repair and maintenance. For rooftop and outdoor installations, keep a minimum distance from building openings and combustible walls. For indoor installations, adhere to needs for ventilation, fuel supply and exhaust ducting. The generator should be set up close to the fuel supply and transfer switch.

  • Type of transfer switch

Transfer switches are normally automatic control type. For certain systems, manual transfer switches can be used for supply. The installation location and transfer switchsize are determined by the electrician and also depends if the supply is for the entire building or just for an emergency load. If the system has to supply for the entire building, then the transfer switch has to be entrance rated. If the system has to power for industrial/commercial applications, then various transfer switch features like closed transition, bypass isolation and programmed transition are available.

  • Warranty duration

The generator systems have a standard warranty which ranges from one to five years depending on the type of generator. While a commercial generator comes with the warranty which ranges from two to five years and an industrial generator has a standard warranty for one or two years but offers optional upgrades. It is better to understand the duration of the warranty and coverage of your system. Remember to ask for the upgrade cost if you want increased coverage.

  • Maintain the equipment 

Your generator should be maintained properly to make sure the generator will start and run during a power outage. Many of them neglect the generator for extended periods, which results in equipment failure at a crucial time when you require it the most. So, it is very important to keep the equipment properly maintained to make sure of the reliable operation.

  • Accessory requirements

Accessory options will depend on the generator type. Residential or commercial systems offer remote annunciator panel which shows the generator status and can be placed in a particular indoor area. Remote monitoring and cold weather kits are other options that are available for your residential or commercial systems. Industrial systems have many options which include alternator strip heaters, load centers, enclosure lighting, and many more. Many residential or commercial systems have a standard sound attenuated enclosure. For industrial generators, there are various enclosure types that range from a weather enclosure to a custom package to satisfy the requirements.

No matter what the power requirement is during a power outage, there is a solution but make sure to consider when and where you will use the generator and go for the unit that fits your needs and requirements.

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Delta Airlines is focused on being reliable with its business in Ghana

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One of America’s major Airlines, Delta Airlines has reaffirmed its unwavering commitment to the Ghanaian market, signaling a strong dedication to fostering air travel connectivity in the country.

As a major player in the global aviation industry, Delta acknowledges the importance of the Ghanaian market and underscores its commitment to providing top-notch services for passengers traveling to and from Ghana.

The Managing Director of International Communications for Delta Airlines, Rahsaan Johnson in an in interaction with Ghanaian media at the Atlanta Headquarters of Delta,  emphasised the airline’s commitment to reliability within the Ghanaian market. Dispelling rumors circulating mainly on social media platforms that the aircraft serving African routes, particularly Ghana, are obsolete or unsuitable for travel, Rahsaan highlighted Delta’s strategic focus on ensuring a dependable and consistent air travel experience for passengers in Ghana.

Read Also: Lifestyle: Delta And Virgin Atlantic To Form Strategic Alliance

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He further touched on the several awards Delta Airlines has received, highlighting its consistent recognition as the most distinguished airline in the United States for customer service, satisfaction, reliability, and punctuality.

“I would say Delta is first of all the most awarded airline in the United States of America. For several years, at least 10 years, Delta has had the highest ranking in customer service, customer satisfaction, reliability, fewest cancellations and most on-time performance,” he said

Rahsaan Johnson to a greater extent disclosed that customers traveling from Accra have consistently rated Delta among their top choices for satisfaction across Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.

“Our focus in Ghana is to uphold the already high levels of customer satisfaction. Passengers flying with Delta from Accra consistently provide us with some of our highest satisfaction ratings across Africa, Europe, and the Middle East,” he emphasized.

While addressing concerns about aircraft selection, Rahsaan, made known that the multiple award-winning airline operated a diverse fleet capable of serving global destinations, stressing that the planes deployed on Ghana routes are also used for flights within the United States, Europe, South America, and beyond.

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He specifically asserted that the Boeing 767-300 aircraft used for flights to and from Ghana, also caters to some of Delta’s most valued customers on routes like New York to Los Angeles.

In the words of the director, “The 767-300 airplane that we fly to Ghana carries some of our highest-paying customers en route between New York and Los Angeles for example. The aircraft that we fly to and from Ghana, is the right size aircraft for us to be financially successful in Ghana.”

“What we want to do is to have a strong business that allows us to give the right amount of service to the community so that we can fly that route every day, so we can fly that route and be successful. The alternative is a larger airplane for fewer flights a day or fewer flights per week,” he added.

With air travel playing an integral role in connecting nations and fostering economic and cultural exchanges, reliability becomes a cornerstone for airline success. As Delta continues to operate in the Ghanaian market, its commitment to reliability is not only a commitment to punctuality but also an assurance of consistent service quality. The airline industry is highly competitive, and Johnson’s statement signals Delta’s intent to distinguish itself through a reputation for reliability.

Delta has operated nonstop service from Accra to New York-JFK since December 2006. Delta currently operates a daily flight and has overall, transported more than 1,350,000 customers between Ghana and the United States since 2006.

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Africa Games Armwrestling: Golden Arms to grab Golden Gold for Ghana, receives boost from NHIS, HD+, KOFATA and others.

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The National Armwrestling team, Golden Arms has set an ambitious target of securing a third of Ghana’s total medal haul at the forthcoming Africa Games scheduled for March 08 to 23,2024.

Coming into the Games for the first time, the Golden Arms are poised and ready to make history again in order to add up to Ghana’s medal haul towards its host and win agenda.

Mr. Charles Osei Asibey, President of the Ghana Armwrestling Federation (GAF) said the team being  in camp since February is unprecedented in their preparation for any major championship thus super ready to deliver at the continental stage on promise.

“We are ready to give the rest of Africa a tough competition as always. We have medals targets for Ghana, my hardworking team has had enough preparations and I am convinced they will show up to put up a good show.”

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Currently in camp at Legon, the Golden Arms have received major boost from the Armwrestling board, development partners National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) through their sports is good health agenda spearheaded by CEO Dr. Oko Boye, SES HD Plus through the Kids Armwrestling future champions program, Kofata Motors, the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) through the federations support, Minister and Ministry of Youth & Sports who ensured Armwrestling is well placed, the Local Organizing Committee and friends, all to get the team thrive at the 13th Africa Games in Accra. The various support directed towards training equipment, medics, team preparation, kitting and other logistical needs.

Mr. Osei Asibey urged Ghanaians to rally behind the team as they go in to conquer the rest of Africa on March 15 and  16, 2024 at the Cedi Hall, University of Ghana.

The Ghana National Armwrestling Team, the Golden Arms having dominated the continent for the past yeare, will hunt for Gold and bring Ghana that glory it deserves.

Source www.ghanaarmwrestling.org

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Holy Child alumni illuminate the path forward amidst national school power crisis

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In recent times, the narrative of power challenges in Ghanaian schools has escalated, with numerous public institutions such as Mfantsipim School, Accra Academy, and Mondo Senior High Technical School among others facing abrupt electricity disconnections. 

This persistent issue highlights the dire need for sustainable solutions in powering educational facilities, crucial for maintaining the quality of education.

Stepping into the spotlight with a pioneering initiative, the 1999 alumni of Holy Child School have set a remarkable precedent.

 In a bid to combat these electricity woes, these visionary women have successfully funded the transition of their alma mater to 75% solar energy. This initiative not only addresses the immediate problem of power outages and financial strains on the school’s budget but also serves as a beacon of climate-positive action with the potential for carbon credit benefits.

Founded in 1946 by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Holy Child School has long stood as a bastion of educational excellence and societal impact in Ghana. Its alumni include distinguished personalities such as Ghana’s Ambassador to France, Anna Bossman; Goldman Sachs Vice President, Sabina Dankwah; and University of Ghana’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Nana Aba Amfo, to name a few.

The Solar Project

This solar project, a gift from the 1999 alumni commemorating their 25th anniversary and coinciding with the school’s 78th speech and prize-giving day, symbolizes a profound act of giving back and forward.

 In an exclusive interview with the Business and Financial Times, engineer Ing. Mrs. Sheila Enyonam Akyea, president of the year group, shared:  “This project builds on the foundation laid by our predecessors. We’re thrilled to extend their initial contribution, ensuring every corner of our school benefits. It’s our way of ensuring current and future students receive the same level of empowerment and opportunity we had.”

Project’s Committee Chair Ing. Mrs. Teresa Kyei-Mensah, mentioned the substantial investment the solar installation demands, emphasizing ongoing fundraising efforts.

she said: “Once completed, the initiative promises significant savings for the school and, by extension, the Ghana Education Service, redirecting funds towards essential educational resources,” she added.

Solar power, increasingly recognized for its affordability and environmental benefits, stands as a viable solution for Ghana’s educational sector and its broader climate goals. With abundant sunshine year-round, Ghana is ideally positioned to harness solar energy, reducing the financial burden on public resources while contributing to global carbon reduction efforts.

The project was completed in January 2024 after a 1-month testing phase. The year group eagerly anticipate the handover ceremony at the 78th Speech and Prize-Giving Day of Holy Child School in Cape Coast on Saturday, 9th March 2024 marking a significant milestone in their commitment to sustainable development and quality education in Ghana. 

This initiative not only lights the way for other schools grappling with similar challenges but also underscores the powerful impact of alumni engagement in shaping a brighter future for the next generation.