Southside Electiric Coop Builds New ‘Sycamore’ Substation

New substation located on RT 29 and Siding Circle

New substation located on RT 29 and Siding Circle

You may have recently noticed a new structure that’s been built on the northbound side of US-29, near the intersection of Siding Circle between Gretna and Altavista. It belongs to Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC), and it’s a brand new substation that will soon serve more than 2,000 co-op members in and around Sandy Level, Leesville Lake, Hurt and other areas in northern Pittsylvania County and southern Campbell County. As part of the co-op’s continual commitment to improving the reliability of its electric distribution system, this substation project came as the result of data analysis that revealed the circuit to be among the poorest performing of any in SEC’s service territory. It will connect to Dominion Virginia Power’s 69kV transmission line, substantially improving reliability at this deliver point. Once online, the substation will also shorten a number of long distribution feeders serving the Leesville Lake/Hurt/Sycamore area. Distribution substations of this kind have been built in other areas of SEC’s service territory, to both improve reliability and expand power capacity at certain commercial and industrial sites. The electricity leaving these substations goes directly to your neighborhood or business, and is then stepped down in voltage by a transformer to deliver the proper voltage to the things you use every day, like appliances and computers. SEC plans to have Sycamore Substation fully operational by December 31st of this year. To learn more about this and other ongoing initiatives, please visit us at www.sec.coop or connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SouthsideElectric.
By Allan Sharrett, Director of Communications & Public Relations
Southside Electric Cooperative

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