The Board of Directors for California public power utility Imperial Irrigation District recently approved four separate agreements to build new and upgrade existing electrical substations “that will energize development projects in the City of Indio through an innovative and new joint electric financing authority,” IID said on Oct. 31.
Indio is located in Riverside County’s Coachella Valley with over 93,000 residents.
IID and the City of Indio, Calif., recently formed the Indio Electric Financing Authority, which is governed by a Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement to provide and enhance electrical service within the territorial boundaries of the City of Indio.
Through the partnership, the Authority will procure the necessary infrastructure, like transformers, and IID will be responsible for the procurement, design, engineering, construction, operation, maintenance and repair of the projects to the point of connection.
The projects include:
- Avenue 40 Project: The proposed project involves construction of a new electrical substation with up to two transformer banks at a cost of approximately $19.8 million.
- Northgate Project: The proposed project involves construction of a new electrical substation with up to two transformer banks at a cost of approximately $18.7 million.
- Avenue 42 Project: The proposed project involves construction of one additional electrical substation bank and post-project condition of three transformer banks at a cost of approximately $12.1 million.
- Carreon Project: The proposed project involves expansion of the existing substation with construction of up to two additional transformer banks at a cost of approximately $18.7 million.
“Today we took yet another monumental step toward ensuring that IID’s system will meet growing opportunities for the City of Indio,” said IID Board President Alex Cardenas.
“The agreements we unanimously approved took months of creative and constructive collaboration at the City of Indio and IID. IID continues to lean into the opportunity to work closely with our partners in the Coachella Valley to ensure our collective success, now and into the future,” he said.