If your business or operation plans to expand or build a new facility, be sure to give us a call early in the early planning stages.

“On larger projects, when an electrical engineer is involved, we provide information regarding fault current, how we would handle our metering and transformer installations. Every utility has different practices,” said Jason Sage, a lead staking engineer at Sioux Valley Energy.

“We work to come up with a plan that works for the business as well as the cooperative and can help ensure the electricians are bidding the project accordingly,” said Sage.

Part of this process involves meeting with the member, the electrician, and possibly the electrical engineer on-site to determine where the source of power will come from and determine a cable route or overhead line route into the facility. The project’s metering needs, as well as transformer placement, will also be discussed.

Involving the co-op early on in the process can help make sure equipment is the right size for the job that needs to be done.
Motors and fans are often major drivers in determining transformer size for manufacturing or dairy operations, while lighting, heating and cooling can be the most impactful load in other industries.
“In large power, our basic service charge is $1.20 per kVA. If you go too large, the customer could potentially be paying for a lot of transformer that they don’t really need. We want to do the best we can to size the transformer as accurately as possible,” said Sage.

To reach Jason Sage or one of the other staking engineers, call the co-op at 800-234-1960 or fill out the online form to request someone contact you: New Construction or Upgrade Service | SiouxValleyEnergy