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Public Works Awards Given to SVP and City Engineer
Posted Date: 5/17/2013

SVP Honored for Substation Upgrade to Serve Mission College, Tasman Ave., Levi’s Stadium

Public Works Director Cited for Outstanding Service by American Public Works Association-Silicon Valley

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – May 17, 2013 – A Silicon Valley Power (SVP) project to upgrade an aging electric substation serving Mission College, Tasman Avenue and the new 49ers Levi’s stadium has been named the Public Works Project of the Year by the Silicon Valley chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA).

Overcoming challenges associated with the underground routing of a 60,000 volt cable and a compressed construction schedule, SVP completed the Mission substation on time and in synch with the schedules and requirements of the Great America Amusement Park, 49ers stadium construction, Mission College, Dell Associates and numerous other customers.

The APWA also awarded Santa Clara’s Director of Public Works/City Engineer Rajeev Batra the 2013 Outstanding Service in the Public Sector Award for his accomplishments in Santa Clara over the past 11 years.

“Our Department of Pubic Works and our electric utility touch every person in our city,” said City of Santa Clara Mayor Jamie L. Matthews. “It is an honor to have our department director Rajeev Batra as well as SVP recognized for their outstanding achievements in serving the community.”

The new Mission substation is the fifth Santa Clara substation in a series of recent additions and upgrades as SVP continues its methodical update of the city’s electricity infrastructure, and allows for the retirement of an old open-buss station. An open-buss electrical interface is a design that exposed circuits to the elements and animals. The closed-buss structure of new SVP stations greatly reduces exposure to problems due to airborne debris and encroaching animals. (A buss is usually a heavy-duty metal bar or bars connecting two or more high-voltage circuits.)

“We want to maintain the high level of power reliability that is expected by our customers,” said Larry Owens, SVP Manager of Customer Services. “The modern design and enclosure of the facility protects the electrical interfaces from our furred and feathered friends, making life safer for all of us.”

“We understand that football stadiums and their electricity supply are under close scrutiny these days,” said Owens. “This substation is just one component of multiple and redundant facilities which all serve the area’s critical customers including the new Levi’s Stadium.”

Afshin Oskoui of the APWA Awards Committee said “This project was particularly challenging since the construction had to be coordinated with the construction of the 49ers stadium and the operations of Great America.

“In addition, our awards committee is pleased to recognize Rajeev Batra for his exceptional service in City of Santa Clara, and his career-long professionalism, expertise, service and personal dedication to improving the quality of life
in the communities he has served," said Oskoui.

The awards were presented Wednesday (May 15) at the APWA Silicon Valley Chapter awards event at Michael’s Restaurant in Mountain View.

About Silicon Valley Power
Silicon Valley Power ( is the trademark adopted for use by the not-for-profit electric municipal utility of Santa Clara, CA serving residents and businesses for over 100 years. SVP provides power to more than 50,000 customers, including Applied Materials, Intel, Owens Corning and Yahoo!, at rates 15 to 45 percent below neighboring communities.

Larry Owens, Silicon Valley Power
Tel: 408.621.5873

Dan Beerman, City of Santa Clara
Tel: 408.615.2228

Agency Contact:
Tom Mertens
Tel: 408.234.6881