Temporary Power, Scarborough

When completing a construction or renovation project, it is essential to ensure that the job site has access to power.
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Temporary Power, Scarborough

One of the biggest problems construction workers face when completing a project is inadequate access to electrical supply. Workers may be completing a renovation in a residential setting, or working on a commercial project within an industrial setting – in both cases, the electric supply may be very limited, and can impact whether or not the project gets completed on time. For this reason, a temporary power supply is usually installed within construction sites.

Electric power supplies require two main components – the power pole and panel. The power pole must be installed within 70 feet of the job site, and is typically installed underground. Temporary power poles need to be installed correctly to ensure safe and reliable power supply to the job site, and thus requires a permit. On the other hand, there are two main types of power panels – metered and unmetered. The distinction between the two is simple: an unmetered panel does not have a limit on bandwidth, whereas a metered panel has a bandwidth limit.

Temporary power supplies can be uniquely configured based on various factors, such as the size and layout of the job site, the type of power poles, and the type of power panels. It is possible to install a power supply that is either connected to a generator, or connected to a wired utility source if there is one which is near enough. It is recommended to hire a licensed electrical contractor to help you determine which setup best suits your needs. Here at Made Electric, we can guide you through the entire installation process and answer any questions you may have.

If you’re thinking about installing a temporary power supply today, don’t hesitate to contact MADE ELECTRIC for more information! Our team operates within Scarborough and the GTA, and we are committed to helping meet all of your needs.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Will my temporary power be supplied by my utility company, or by some fuel source?

Temporary power systems have a lot of different options depending on the configuration of the job site and distance from power access. If the job site is a reasonable distance within power access, you can use a wired setup to connect to a permanent utility source. Otherwise, you will have to use a generator which requires a fuel source.

Is it possible to install an underground temporary power system?

Most temporary power systems in construction sites utilize overhead power solutions, since it is the most cost-efficient solution. However, underground solutions are also available for projects which require temporary power to be routed underground.

Are inspections or permits required for a temporary power system?

According to the ESA, a notification of work must be filed for all electrical work completed in Ontario. Regardless of whether you are using a wired setup or a gas-powered generator, you will need to comply with all regulations and permits required according to the ESA.

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