Past Commercial Electrical System Installations
A facility’s electrical infrastructure begins with the utility service equipment. It then enters through the main delivery feeder, flows through the main distribution and branch distribution equipment, through the distribution feeders, and ultimately to the individual points of delivery where the power is needed. Facility infrastructures are built to fully support the original equipment demand but may not be adequate to support the growing needs of newer or additional equipment. Many commercial and manufacturing facilities were built when the demand on utilities was lower, meaning today’s machinery cannot be supported by yesterday’s infrastructure.
When we meet with clients regarding manufacturing and commercial facility upgrades, their first questions are typically related to feasibility, cost, and facility down time. While utility upgrades might appear costly in the short run, this cost is outweighed by the dependability of up-to-date power distribution equipment, utility service, and the capacity to support the needs of newer production equipment.
What is the cost of a facility upgrade?
This can be a complex question because the answer depends upon many variables. Here are a few of the main drivers when it comes to estimating cost.
How much power is needed?
The amount of electrical power needed determines the size of the distribution equipment and feeders. The larger the equipment, the more expensive the distribution. This is true whether you are replacing vintage power distribution equipment or installing new power distribution equipment to meet future needs.