$2.6 million dollar investment improves electric service in rural area

Published: Nov. 17, 2020 at 1:58 PM CST
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SLOCOMB, Ala. (WTVY) - Some rural electric customers now have access to more reliable service.

A $2.6 million dollar investment was made to build a new substation near Slocomb.

The investment is all thanks to a partnership between Wiregrass Electric Cooperative and PowerSouth Energy Cooperative.

Co-op leaders say the project improves safety and efficiency, while also upping load capacities.

The improvement also helps reduce the time it takes to get electricity back on-- should severe weather, like a hurricane cause power outages in the area.

“You can’t have growth without infrastructure," said Brad Kimbro, Chief Operating Office for Wiregrass Electric Cooperative "And this substation provides this community a lot of infrastructure from the utility-electric standpoint to meet the needs not only today, but also in the future. Certainly, it’ll help this community have more reliability, it’ll help us be more efficient.”

Work began on the substation in March. It took about 33 weeks to complete.

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