Tag: Bear Valley Electric

Solar Power Facility Proposed for Landfill Site

Big Bear, Ca, February 14, 2011, 9:00am –  A 2-megawatt solar power project has been proposed to top the Big Bear sanitary landfill site.  Project Navigator, Ltd, a Brea, CA engineering firm has entered in to an option agreement with the County of San Bernardino to explore development of a photovoltaic facility on the closed landfill.  If built, the site would provide enough power for approximately 2,000 homes, on land not usable for most other purposes.  Local generation of this green power would reduce the valley’s need to import electricity and the costs associated with long transmission lines.  Power from the project could move Bear Valley Electric towards its goal of providing 20% renewable power to local utility users.  Building the solar facility would be expected to generate local jobs during construction and long-term jobs for maintaining the site.  On Tuesday, February 15, a Power Purchase Agreement proposal will be submitted to Bear Valley Electric.  When an agreement is reached, it would then be submitted to the California Public Utility Commission for review.  Once a power agreement is in place, the project could then begin to seek private financing and begin the permitting process.  PVNavigator, the solar power projects development group within Project Navigator, Ltd, is set to manage all phases of the project including design, permitting, financing, and implementation.  Since 1997 the company has specialized in managing landfill closures and developing solar projects on the closed sites.  For...

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Power Restored to Big Bear Valley After a Bird Hits Power Lines

Big Bear, CA, October 9, 2010, 2:20pm – According to John Dytesten of Bear Valley Electric, power was completely restored to all of the Big Bear Valley today as of 2:27pm.  Power had gone out at approximately 1:47pm today for isolated areas of the Valley including most of North Shore as well as pockets of Big Bear Lake and Big Bear City.  Bear Valley Electric crews discovered that a large bird of some kind had gotten tangled up the power lines behind North Shore Elementary School by Stanfield Cut-Off.  People fishing near the school had reported to Kbear that they heard a large pop prior to the loss of electricity.  That information was helpful to Bear Valley Electric in locating the source of the...

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Lightening Strike Causes Power Outage in Areas of Big Bear Valley

Big Bear Valley, CA, July 15, 2010, 6:00 pm – As of approximately 4:23pm Thursday, a lightening strike caused a loss of power to areas in the Big Bear Valley including Fawnskin, North Shore, the Interlaken Shopping Center, areas of Big Bear City and Big Bear Lake as well as portions of the Fox Farm area.  According to John Dytesten of Bear Valley Electric, crews had to physically inspect each line to determine the cause of the outage then begin the process of restoring power.  As of 5:43pm, power should be restored to all outage areas of the valley.   Bear Valley Electric was able to act quickly as they received information from an eyewitness who saw a lightening strike in the area of Union Bank and CVS Pharmacy.  Lightening only needs to hit in close proximity to a line to cause a power outage.  The outage was wide spread in the Valley as this strike took out the transmission line that effects multiple substations throughout Big Bear taking them off line as well.  Again, power should now be restored in the...

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HEAP Application Processing on June 14, for Those Who Need Financial Assistance with Utility Bills

Big Bear Lake, CA — Bear Valley Electric Service is once again offering HEAP application processing, with the next round scheduled for Monday, June 14, so families and individuals who could use financial assistance with utility bills can start readying the paperwork. Starting Monday morning at 9am, applications for HEAP, which stands for the Home Energy Assistance Program, will be accepted for the first 30 in line, another 20 applications will be processed at 1pm at the BVES offices, located at 42020 Garstin Drive in Big Bear Lake. HEAP is offered to low-income families, and those who qualify receive financial aid to pay for utility bills, for gas service, electric or propane. Those applying for HEAP are asked to bring the following: current gas and electric bills or, for propane, a current invoice with account number; rental agreement or mortgage statement; California picture ID and Social Security card; and employment verification, including pay stubs for all prior 30-day periods, for all household members. There is also Emergency HEAP utility assistance for Bear Valley Electric customers who have received a final call or shut-off notice. For more information, BVES asks that you call...

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Bear Valley Electric Crews Restore Power to Lake Williams Area–and Ahead of Estimated Schedule

Lake Williams, CA — Bear Valley Electric crews were quick to respond to yesterday’s power outage in Lake Williams, which was prompted by a dumptruck carrying large boulders snagging an electrical line and pulling down a power pole off Forest Service road 2N12, just south of Erwin Lake. The outage occurred just before 4pm and, at that time, Bear Valley Electric’s Operations Supervisor John Dykesten told KBHR that estimated repair time would be five hours. In an update this morning, Dykesten says that power was restored to the Lake Williams area by 7:30pm on May 25 rather than the initial estimate of 9pm. “The guys finished ahead of schedule,” he says, “ and replaced the...

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