Generac Power Systems, a global designer and manufacturer and provider of energy technology solutions and other power products, announced the opening of a new engineering center of excellence in Reno, Nev. The company says the facility will house the development and testing of batteries, switches, power electronics and other clean energy solutions and is expected to bring 100 new engineering jobs to Reno over the next year.
Generac says it intends to develop and test new product lines at the Reno facility with a focus on clean energy and residential energy storage. Testing, research and development teams are already active in the 42,000-square-foot building, which is scheduled for completion in December 2023. The new location will feature a whole-home simulation to replicate power outage scenarios and will be equipped with generators and solar panels to support the building's carbon neutrality objectives. The facility is expected to be fully operational by May 2024.
Generac's clean energy initiatives include the design and production of PWRcell, a solar battery storage system that serves as a backup power source for homes in the event of an outage or emergency, and leadership in virtual power plant programs that strengthen the grid with support from decentralized backup power sources.
The opening of Generac's engineering center of excellence in Reno marks the latest in a series of expansions to accommodate the growing demand for clean energy resources, including offices in Denver and Boston that opened in 2021.