No, the state will screw with the company that made the generator — not enough money in an individual.
I live in Illinois and installed a 10kw generator and a transfer switch a few years ago. The instruction manual had Not Legal For Use In California on page 3. The reason? The buyer needs to install a California approved spark arrester on the exhaust. Which, of course, was NOT included.
So when Joe Citizen fires up his 2kw Generac he bought at Lowes sometime in the last few years hes an instant criminal.
So thats nice.
BTW my in laws are sitting in El Dorado County in the dark for the second day as I write this. His 2kw Generac sitting on his back porch, no California Approved Spark Arrester installed. Hes got one 5 gallon gas can. No power at any of the local filling stations so he cant get any more.
I told him to get a tri fuel kit so he could run it off the propane tank he has sitting in his backyard. But he didnt.
No telling when theyll turn the juice back on.
I converted my 15 KW Generac to propane (actually gasoline or propane) with a kit from an outfit called Motorsnorkel. Works like a dream.
But, when I put my propane tank in I opted to pay $25 per year more for a 500 gallon instead of a 250 gallon tank. A lot of emergency preparedness there.
The spark arrestors are an easy aftermarket add-on. They are just a heavy-duty stainless screen.