NEWBERRY — The City of Newberry Council gave the green light Tuesday to that will allow the city meet increasing demands on its power system.
The city utility company is needing to increase the amount of power to facilitate economic growth that will be needed in the city in the near future.
To do this the city is constructing a substation that will be owned and operated by the city.
The estimated cost for the new substation will be $3.67 million.
The city will fund the project with proceeds of a tax exempt revenue bond or a bank loan.
The city also voted to contract with Brazilian company WEG to build the new transformers at a cost of $912,000 which is under the $1 million estimate. WEG has a company in Duluth, Ga.
The new transformers are energy efficient, which will cut cost for the city utilities department.
The new substation will be built at the City’s Water Treatment Facility on the Saluda River near Silverstreet and the construction will be done at the same time the city is upgrading the water treatment facility.
Work on the project will start after July.