GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)--With the sign up and Willie Wireline smiling across the parking lot Grand Valley Power has officially moved into its new digs. Bill Byers with GVP says, "So we are a electric supplier. That's our job, that's our main job and that's what we do."
Their last home was built in 1957. Byers says, "When that facility was built, we had 3,400 customers now we have over 16,000." GVP was the first electrical co–op in the state, meaning they don't make the electricity they buy it from Xcel. But it's their job to get that power to your home. And to continue to do that they had to expand. Byers says, "Fifty to 100 years they're looking at having this facility in place."
The new building at 845 22 Road was built to be a green building. "The idea was to be as energy efficient as possible and to be LEED certified," says Byers. As of yet the building hasn’t obtained the official certification.
The 7.8 kilowatt solar array at the entrance not only collects sunlight it allows it to pass through and be collected again after it's reflected off the building. Also, many of the building’s lights have sensors and only turn on when someone is in the room. But many of those lights are unnecessary because of all the windows. Byers says laughing, "It's really very nice."
Aside from having natural lighting in almost every room in the building, the temperature is controlled through Geo–thermal exchange, heating or cooling as necessary. You can't see them but the pipes go deep into the earth just north of the building.
Another benefit of the new building is the size. With room to expand, new features include an extra large garage, a yard to store equipment, a gas station for their fleet and a room especially for the linemen. Something they didn't have before.
Building when they did GVP also managed to save a few dollars on construction. Byers says, "We saved approximately, last figure I heard was approximately million and a half." And that should keep Willie smiling for quite some time.
Grand valley power turns 75 this august.
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