As generator prices fall and confidence in electrical utilities declines, you may be wondering how you could safely and legally connect a portable generator to your home. One of the simplest options is something called a Generlink. I have one at my place, so I know how it works. The Generlink fits onto a standard utility meter base, below the meter, and it includes a port for connecting a cable from a generator to your household electrical system.
The Generlink delivers generator power to your home while the grid is down, but as soon as grid power comes on again, it switches back to the mains. For generators with a system that automatically throttles back the engine to an idle when no power is being demanded, it’s easy to hear when it’s time to shut down the generator and put it away. I’ve found a few people who’ve had trouble with Generlink units failing to switch back to grid power when it came back on, but failure rates have been less the 0.02 % in my research. Generlink is a US-made product, but it’s available across North America. Not all jurisdictions allow Generlinks, so check with your power company. Prices varying from $1000 to $1600, depending on size, features and cable length, so Generlink isn’t cheap. The big benefit is simplicity of installation and use. Click below to see the Generlink in action at my place. More than 250,000 people have watched this video since March 2017: