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Source: Briggs & Stratton press release

Milwaukee, Wisconsin -- Briggs & Stratton introduces its redesigned 12-kilowatt1 standby generator system. The new 12kW has the smallest footprint in the industry of similar power is 60 percent quieter* than our previous unit, while still providing homeowners with whole-house power.

The new unit's 50 percent smaller footprint and front exhaust maintains curb appeal by providing more placement options around the home. Its higher-quality engine, premium muffler and re-designed alternator intake ducting improved the generator's sound quality significantly.

"More placement options because of its smaller size and reduced noise allows homeowners to blend the unit into their property, so they get that peace of mind only backup power can provide without sacrificing the aesthetics of their property," said Jeff Custer, VP and General Manager of Briggs & Stratton Standby Power. "Plus, the new unit achieves National Fire Protection Agency standard approval so it can be placed as close as 18 inches from the home, so it even fits on properties with tight lot lines."

The smaller 12kW1 generator is compatible with Briggs & Stratton's proven Symphony II power management system, a patented technology that automatically balances the power needs of a home's electrical loads - including high-wattage items like air conditioning units, stoves and electric dryers. The proven technology gives families uninterrupted, whole-house power with a more affordable standby generator.

The upgrades on the new compact 12kW1 unit don't stop with its smaller design. A redesigned control panel includes a scrolling LED board that makes it easy for the homeowners to know if the standby generator is ready for operation or in need of service. The premium-grade Briggs & Stratton Vanguard engine comes with an electric governing system for precision engine speed control, creating a quieter, more durable generator. The enclosure made of galvanneal steel provides rust-resistant protection for extreme weather conditions.

The new 12kW1 comes with a limited five-year parts and three-year labor limited warranty.

For more information about the entire line of Briggs & Stratton standby generator systems, visit www.powernow.com.