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Contractors

For SVEC to provide safe and reliable electricity at the most affordable cost, we use contractors to assist in a number of areas, such as right-of-way maintenance and pole testing. Please know that employees of these contractor crews will always possess proper identification and some operate vehicles labeled with SVEC stickers to officially mark their affiliation with the cooperative. Member-owners will not be approached, under any circumstances, for payment by either a representative of SVEC or one of its contractors for these types of services.

If you have any questions or concerns about a contractor who has visited your property, please do not hesitate to contact SVEC at 1-800-234-7832.

SVEC Right-of-Way Contractors (as of January 2019)

Xylem Tree Experts

Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) currently uses Xylem Tree Experts to complete its side trimming and brush clearing activities on its rights-of-way. These crews work year-round to complete all scheduled trimming and cutting and to assist our line crews with power restoration following major storms. These crews use a variety of clearing methods including but not limited to: hand cutting, aerial lifts, mowers and brush cutters to side trim, remove overhangs, dead, diseased and damaged trees and yard trees that have grown into the power lines. Xylem trucks are clearly marked with their logo.

Visit the company’s website by clicking here.

Aerial Solutions Inc.

SVEC currently uses the services of Aerial Solutions Inc. This North Carolina based helicopter company uses a patented Aerial Power Saw to trim the right-of-way along its power lines. The 800 pound, 24 HP saw consists of multiple 24-inch diameter rotary blades and is suspended from a 90-foot vertical boom beneath the helicopter. The versatility and speed of the Aerial Power Saw provides an efficient and cost-effective alternative to conventional side trimming methods in all types of terrain with little to no environmental impact. The Aerial saw provides maximum lateral clearances from vegetation encroaching into the right-of-way. The right of ways are trimmed from ground to sky to further avoid conflicts with the power line. Long term outages in severe weather are avoided after rights-of-way are trimmed with the aerial saw. Aerial Solutions employs highly trained professional pilots and flies a well-maintained fleet of McDonnell Douglas 500 helicopters.

Visit the company’s website by clicking here.

Watch the helicopter in action in SVEC’s territory by clicking this link: SVEC Aerial Trimming

Weed Control Inc.

SVEC currently uses the services of Weed Control Inc. to apply herbicides for controlling brush and woody stems along its rights-of-way. This Virginia-based company has been in the herbicide application business since 1985, and uses several methods to control unwanted species under and along our power lines. These methods include but are not limited to High Volume Foliar, Low Volume Backpack and Basal Applications. The herbicides applied are environmentally friendly and approved for use by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Weed Control employs Virginia Department of Agriculture Certified applicators along with Registered Tech to effect these applications.

Visit the company’s website by clicking here.

 

Tidewater Energy Services

Tidewater Energy Services inspects poles across SVEC’s service territory. The crew places a yellow tag on poles that warrant review for the next inspection, while they use a red tag for those that need an immediate fix. The two-man team uses a special device that sends ultrasonic waves through a pole to detect rotting on the inside. It’s roughly a 15-minute process per pole, unless further investigation is necessary.

Visit the company’s website by clicking here.

To read more about the pole-testing process, read the story in the February 2019 Cooperative Living magazine by here: Pole Testing.