A constant flow of concrete trucks, construction supplies, house builders and new homeowners over the past few years has stretched the infrastructure around the Heartland, Forney and Crandall areas. Thankfully, Trinity Valley Electrical Cooperative has had plans in place to meet the power needs and stay ahead of the growth.
TVEC built the Marshall Substation north of Crandall with expansion in mind, so adding a 43,000-pound transformer was just a matter of hoisting it onto a waiting concrete pad. Engineers and lineworkers will now go about assembling and testing the unit, which should be in service by June.
Along with the added capacity, the new transformer also adds a level of redundancy to the system. That gives TVEC more options in the case of damage or equipment failure, with the ability to temporarily re-route and restore power more quickly in some cases.
With a life expectancy of more than 40 years, the new transformer is going to be around for what is sure to be an exciting time of growth in the northern part of the TVEC service area.