Plano officials will soon place orders for backup generators that will be used at several city facilities to ensure preparedness for future storms, according to a news release.

The purchase of nearly $6 million worth of generators and automatic transfer switches was authorized by Plano City Council during its Oct. 23 meeting.

What you need to know

Per the news release, city officials anticipate a lengthy wait to receive generators once an order is placed. To mitigate this, the city is placing the order now, according to a council memo.

In total, 12 facilities will have their existing infrastructure replaced at the end of their lifecycle or receive an addition to provide power in the event of an outage. Once the over $5.8 million is expensed to purchase the generators and transfer switches, a balance of about $2.6 million remains for future project expenditures, per the memo.

Part of the reasoning for the purchase was the increasing frequency of winter storms and potential power outages, according to the news release.

The details

The Ridgeview Pump Station is the only facility receiving both a generator and automatic transfer switch, and the Plano Police Department is also included in the project scope.

Six other facilities are having older equipment replaced:
  • Municipal Center
  • Parkway Services Center Tower
  • Schoolhouse Tower
  • Joint Use Facility
  • Fire Station No. 11
  • Shiloh Pump Station
Other facilities are having generators added to protect them in the event of a power outage:
  • Oak Point Recreation Center
  • Carpenter Park Recreation Center
  • Plano Event Center
  • Fire Training Center
What’s next?

According to the memo, the installation of the work will be funded separately once the generators arrive, likely next fall.