Problem: Work on the new station had to be completed without interfering with existing infrastructure and patrolling of the border.
Southwest Energy Solution: Protecting the integrity of America's borders has become a high-tech enterprise. When the U.S. Border Patrol built a new 40,000 square foot station in Douglas, they called upon Southwest Energy Solutions.
To further support the Border Patrol's security measures, a back up generator keeps the power on in an event of an outage to the station.
Customer: Marana Unified School District
Problem: The first phase of the project consisting of six new buildings from the ground up had to be completed before the start of the new semester. Then, the second phase of the project consisting of eight remodeled buildings needed to be completed. All of the different systems involved had to be tied together while school was in session without interruption in the classroom.
Southwest Energy Solution: Keeping to a tight schedule from the start, SES crews installed many systems including: power, lighting, multiple parking lots, fire alarm, security, clock and bell systems, intercom, telephone, communication, and data wiring. Scheduling and coordination with the other crafts on the project was a tremendous task. Inclement weather and a multitude of problems arose making the challenge even more difficult, but Southwest Energy Solutions with some engineering and dedicated crews managed to complete and stay on track throughout the project without interfering with the education of our children.
Customer: Citezens Utility
Problem: Building a low profile 115kV substation next to an existing energized substation with only a single minimum outage to cut over circuits when the new substation was completed.
Southwest Energy Solution: Erection of the steel, and installation of the switches, bus work, voltage regulators, circuit breakers, transformers, relays, raceway systems, SCADA systems and controls were done the whole time that Citizens Utility was able to supply the City of Nogales with power. Once the testing on the new substation was completed SES crews worked on the cut over with minimum interruption along with switching procedures to the new systems without a single glitch. After the Valencia Substation was complete SES proceeded to demolish the older antiquated substation.
Customer: Pima County
Problem: A county road-widening project on Flowing Wells and Wetmore roads required overhead power lines serving residential and commercial customers to be replaced with an underground system with minimal disruption to their electrical service, vegetation and properties.
Southwest Energy Solution: Precise coordination of the crew consisting of lineman, equipment operators and inside wireman allowed for a flawless trenching of the underground cabling. No other utility lines were struck during trenching, resulting in no lost time or repair work on customers' equipment. All underground equipment and new electrical services were installed and energized at the same time, greatly reducing outage duration. Overhead conductors were safely removed, helping Pima County authentically improve this area of the Tucson community.
Customer: Freidman Recycling
Problem: Freidman Recycling had a breakdown on a machine capable of bailing more than 200 bails a day of newspaper and magazine waste. The recycling plant soon looked like a pack rat's haven.
Southwest Energy Solution: A Southwest Energy Solutions technician was on site within an hour of receiving the late afternoon emergency call. While troubleshooting the system, the technician discovered a solenoid valve that controlled the hydraulic ram was malfunctioning. The tech called SES purchasing, which located a replacement valve and had it available for installation the next morning. The machine was up and running two hours after the part was on hand.
Problem: Equipment critical to Honeywell's operation, a conveyor system capable of pre-washing, washing, rinsing, and drying printed circuit boards, suddenly quite operating properly.
Southwest Energy Solution: A Southwest Energy Solutions technician responded to the emergency call. The technician identified the problem: one of three magnetic floats that work together had developed a leak. Honeywell had the replacement part on site, allowing the SES technician to make the repairs immediately. The entire system was then checked for proper operation and sequencing, and Honeywell was back in full operation in less than a day.
Problem: A property management group had a tenant whose electrical contractor inadvertently connected some of the tenant's electrical equipment to the owner's electrical service. Not only did the owner's energy usage skyrocket, but the involved parties were also having trouble determining a fair split of the electric bill.
Southwest Energy Solution: The SES technician discovered that several new and old electrical circuits were tapped into the owner's electrical panel. The technician identified and separated the circuits without interrupting service to the tenants of the office complex. Once the circuits were transferred, a sub meter was installed, allowing the tenant's energy usage to be tracked and billed separately. The solution satisfied all parties.