MONTICELLO RUNS ON CAT® POWER SYSTEMSPowering a national treasure


Thomas Jefferson’s historic home, Monticello, has attracted more than 27 million visitors. Archaeologists have spent 50 years researching the grounds, making it the best documented, best preserved plantation in North America. They chose Cat® emergency backup power to protect the house and everything from 18th century paintings to Jefferson’s riding boots and documents.

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Montalto / World-class Robert H. Smith Center

Montalto rises 410 feet above Monticello and is historically important as Jefferson’s first land acquisition in 1771. The center and other facilities provides a sublime setting to engage a global audience in a dialogue with Jefferson’s ideas and to illuminate Jefferson’s continued relevance in the modern age. A 350 kW Cat C15 diesel gen set and automatic transfer switch supply backup power.

Cat power on the mountaintop

Cat backup power is an essential element in the Mountaintop Project, a historic restoration to return Monticello to the way it looked to Thomas Jefferson. See how Caterpillar is helping to give visitors a look at this “essay in architecture.”

Monticello uses a 500 kW Cat C15 ACERT™ diesel gen set equipped with a sound-attenuated, weather-protected enclosure to minimize noise.

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Helping protect our heritage

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation has partnered with their local Cat dealer on several projects. They trust Caterpillar to preserve this treasure for future generations.

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C15 ACERT Generator Set
C15 ACERT Generator Set

Producing reliable power from 365 to 550 kVA, our C15 ACERT diesel generator sets are built for standby and prime applications and built to your power standards. Our integrated control system, including Cat UPS, ATS, and switchgear, keeps your power constant under any conditions.

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