Caterpillar Donates Backup Power Solution for Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

For Worldwide Release: May 26, 2015
Release Number: EEPR0915

Local Cat® dealer Carter Machinery contributes commissioning, testing and support services as part of “Mountaintop Project” renovation effort

PEORIA, IL – Caterpillar Inc. today announced that it has donated a 500kW Cat C15 diesel generator set as part of a complete backup power solution for Monticello, the historic residence of Thomas Jefferson located just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia.  Carter Machinery, the Cat dealer in Virginia and southern West Virginia, made a donation of its own, providing technical support, commissioning and testing.

The power solution includes the C15 generator set and three automatic transfer switches (ATS).

Thomas Jefferson – founding father, author of the Declaration of Independence, and the nation’s third president – described Monticello as his “essay in architecture.” Recognized as a United Nations World Heritage Site and National Historic Landmark, today’s Monticello is both a world-class museum and an academic think tank, attracting more than 440,000 annual visitors.

“These generous donations from Caterpillar and Carter Machinery will help to safeguard Monticello, widely understood as Thomas Jefferson’s three-dimensional autobiography, for future generations,” said Leslie Greene Bowman, Monticello’s president and CEO.  “We have worked with Carter for the past four years and have experienced first-hand the ingenuity and professionalism that define the Caterpillar brand."

In 2010, Caterpillar donated a 350 kW Cat C15 diesel generator set, providing standby power for Monticello’s Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies. Carter Machinery also contributed the technical support, commissioning and testing of this backup power solution, and has provided routine maintenance of the generator set since it was donated in 2010.

Today’s donation from Caterpillar and Carter Machinery is part of the “Mountaintop Project,” Monticello’s multi-year effort to authentically restore the House and grounds to their appearance during Jefferson’s retirement (1809-1826). Initiated by a transformational contribution from David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, the Mountaintop Project will enable comprehensive upgrades to Monticello’s HVAC, electrical and water systems. This initiative will also dramatically expand each guest’s experience of the House and dependences, opening up the 38 percent of the House that is currently not on view and the 50 percent that has not been fully restored and interpreted. For the first time, visitors will be able to learn about Monticello’s enslaved population through the physical and virtual re-creation of structures along Mulberry Row, once the plantation’s dynamic ‘Main Street.’

“The role that Monticello plays in the nation’s remarkable past shouldn’t be underestimated,” said Jim Parker, CEO of Carter Machinery.  “Working with the Thomas Jefferson Foundation to assist in protecting this extraordinary piece of history is really a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

The C15 ACERTdiesel generator set, manufactured in Newberry, S.C., is situated 1,000 feet deep into nearby woods, providing reliable emergency power to the main house and two ancillary buildings.  Enclosed with a sound-attenuated, weather-protected enclosure to minimize outside sound, and outfitted with a 48-hour sub-base diesel tank, the new generator set will ensure continuous uninterrupted power to protect one of the country’s oldest and largest collections of historic documents in case of an unexpected power loss.

About Monticello

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation was incorporated in 1923 to preserve Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Today, the foundation seeks to engage a global audience in a dialogue with Jefferson’s ideas. Monticello is recognized as a National Historic Landmark and a United Nations World Heritage Site. As a private, nonprofit organization, the foundation’s regular operating budget does not receive ongoing government support to fund its twofold mission of preservation and education. About 440,000 people visit Monticello each year. For information, visit

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