HED: New transformer to ease load in west Tupelo
Tupelo Water & Light Department crews have begun installation of a new, $300,000 electrical transformer at the city’s southwest substation in an attempt to keep up with growth in the area.
Johnny Timmons, director of the Water & Light Department, said the transformer already in place at the substation was in danger of becoming overloaded.
“Due to all the growth and progress out there, it was not far from exceeding its capacity,” Timmons said of the old transformer.
He cited the new high school and the continually growing furniture market buildings in west Tupelo as examples of the growth that has put a strain on the substation built in the 1980s.
The new transformer will be installed parallel with the old transformer to double the current capacity of the substation. It is the same size as the existing transformer, Timmons said.
“It converts 46,000 volts down to 13,000 volts, which is what we use on our distribution lines,” he said.
Timmons said crews should have the new transformer on line in about two weeks.