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Cat Portable Generators Now Available at Hawthorne Cat

Easy to Use, Increased Run Time, Reliable Performance

San Diego, CA -- Hawthorne Cat, the exclusive Cat® equipment dealer in San Diego, the Hawaiian Islands, and the Pacific Region, introduces six new Portable Generators ranging from 3,600 to 12,000 watts.

Cat Home and Outdoor Portable Generators feature easy push/pull/carry designs and include updated lighting, tool kits, an electric start, and more. Models sold in California meet California Air Resource Board (CARB) compliant qualifications.

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Hawthorne Power Systems Announces New Air Compressor Solutions

The Complete Source for Air Compressor Repair, Maintenance, Rentals, and Sales

San Diego, CA — Hawthorne Power Systems, the authorized sales, rental, parts and service dealer for Cat electric power, back-up power, stand-by power equipment, and industrial engines, announces new air compressor solutions. Hawthorne Power Systems is the authorized Sullair portable air compressor dealer in San Diego County, providing a complete source for repair, maintenance, rentals and sales.

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Why Microgrids Are Ideal for Powering Remote Locations

Microgrids are interconnected loads and generation sources that act together as a single entity to power remote locations. They are typically used on sites without access to larger power grids, such as telecommunication towers, remote villages, resorts, islands, and mine sites. The microgrid concept is not new, but technological advancements and affordable renewable energy solutions have made them a more practical option.

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Contingency Planning | Are You Prepared for the Unexpected?

The lights are out, the telephones disabled and businesses are shut down. People need food, water, heat and medical attention. What is your plan to get the power back up? Any major storm or flood can result in severe damage. And Hawthorne Power Systems will be there to help get you back up and running as soon as possible. We recommend every customer be prepared for unplanned power emergency scenarios in which even backup power systems fail.

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Caterpillar Introduces their First Tier 4 Final Diesel Generator Set

Recently, Caterpillar introduced the Cat XQ375, the first Tier 4 Final mobile diesel generator set. Ideal for mid-sized power need, the XQ375 rental generator is powered by the fuel-efficient Cat C13 ACERT engine. Rated for standby operation at 375 ekW, the new XQ375 features greater power output than previous generator sets in this product category. Additionally, the XQ375 has enhanced sound attenuation and can change voltage faster. Caterpillar will introduce a full line of Tier 4 Final mobile diesel power modules ranging from 20 ekW to 500 ekW over the next two years.

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Service Maintenance Options Can Lower Costs

Hawthorne Power Systems is dedicated to making sure your generator sets run at maximum efficiency. Hawthorne Power Systems offers maintenance and repair service, management solutions, an extensive parts inventory, skilled service technicians, and the #1 support network in the industry. In addition, there are other service maintenance options for achieving lower costs of ownership and operation.  

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A Remote Cooling System Gives Your Genset the Airflow it Needs

Cat® gas and diesel generator sets require proper ventilation to maintain the optimum temperature needed to operate efficiently. Caterpillar's Paul Pawelski explains the importance of having proper airflow for your standby power in his blog, "Let Your Generator Set Breathe with a Remote Cooling System."  Standby generator sets must have constant airflow to prevent overheating.

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Routine Electrical Maintenance Can Help Avoid Hazards

Electrical systems can be extremely dangerous if they are not properly maintained and regularly checked. Components such as automatic transfer switches, circuit breakers, switchgear and UPS batteries are often overlooked during routine electrical maintenance checks and can cause power failure and injury. 

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