Southwest Electric has approved the installation of meter-mounted transfer switches for use by our Members. A meter-mounted transfer switch allows you to connect a portable generator to the meter base. This will eliminate the danger of potentially backfeeding electricity on our power lines. Southwest Electric does not sell meter-mounted transfer switches but, as a service to our Members, we will install them.
After our serviceman installs the transfer switch between the meter and the meter base, the homeowner can plug in the power supply cable directly from the generator to the switch for use when service is disrupted. The switch enables electricity from the generator to power your home. When service is restored, the homeowner is responsible for turning the generator off and unplugging it. This will allow normal service to resume.
There is no fee for our serviceman to install the meter-mounted transfer switch. After purchasing a switch, the Member must initiate a service order by calling 800-287-8564 and complete the agreement.
At this time, GenerLink is the only brand of meter-mounted transfer switch approved by our Engineering Department. Any other brand of transfer switch must receive approval prior to installation by Southwest Electric.
We do not sell meter-mounted transfer switches but, as a service to our Members, we will install them. You can purchase a transfer switch directly from GenerLink. Local or online retailers may also carry them. Click here for a breakdown of models and cables GenerLink manufactures. Click here for the GenerLink specification sheet, installation manual, operation manual, cord instructions and generator compatibility list.
If you have any questions, please call one of our Member Services Representatives at 800-287-8564.