Last Friday, Bandera Electric Cooperative (BEC) celebrated the completion of an upgrade to the Tarpley substation by dedicating it to recently retired BEC Board Director, Douglas R. “Rob” Sandidge.
“Mr. Sandidge’s commitment to the coopera tive is evident by his almost 19 years of service,” said Bill Hetherington, CEO of BEC.
“BEC is pleased to dedicate the substation in his honor.”
Sandidge, a lifelong rancher who resides in Tarpley, was elected to the BEC board in August 2000 and retired in September 2019. He repre sented District 3 and the members of southwest Bandera, Tarpley and southeast Turtle Creek.
Construction began at the Tarpley substation in December 2019 and was completed earlier this year as part of a larger project that includes a 17-mile transmission line and two additional substation upgrades.
According to a statement from BEC, Tarpley substation improvements cost an estimated $5.8 million and will increase the electric reliability for thousands of BEC members.
The overall project allows for a future conversion of the transmission line, upgrading it from 69,000 Volts to 138,000 Volts, or twice the load on the line.