BVES Announces Partnership

Agreement with BBARWA 


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Bear Valley Electric Service (BVES), Big Bear Lake, California__

Thursday, July 12th, BVES announced the execution of its Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency (BBARWA) for the partnership to commence the Bear Valley Solar Energy Project (BVSEP) in 2019. The newly named solar energy venture will include the installation of a solar field at the BBARWA headquarters in Big Bear City.   


“The Bear Valley Solar Energy Project will benefit the Big Bear Region greatly by creating a sustainable energy source to supplement existing power supplies,” said BVES Director Paul Marconi. “Bringing sustainable energy to the valley has been a long-term plan of ours for quite a while, and these recent developments are important steps in the process.” 


The Bear Valley Solar Energy Project (BVSEP)  will utilize solar panels that rotate with the sun in order to maximize output. With this operational design, the solar field will have the ability to produce an additional eight megawatts of solar energy for the electric grid, which is enough to power approximately 4,000 homes. The cost-effective energy solution will improve system reliability and reduce the cost to provide power. 

“We are looking at the long-term impacts, both for the environment and local residents,” said BBARWA General Manager David Lawrence. “We want to establish an energy source that can function as the backbone of the community for decades to come.”

For additional information about the Bear Valley Solar Energy Project, customers are encouraged to call 800-808-BVES (2837).  


BVES is a division of Golden State Water Company (GSWC), which is a wholly owned water and electric utility subsidiary of American States Water Company (NYSE:AWR). GSWC provides water service to approximately 259,000 customers in 75 communities throughout 10 counties in Northern, Coastal and Southern California. Through its BVES division, the Company also distributes electricity to over 24,000 customers in the City of Big Bear and surrounding areas in San Bernardino County, Calif.