“The Bear Valley Solar Energy Project will prove to be a huge asset to the valley once completed.” BBARWA General Manager David Lawrence. 



Named Project Developer

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 Bear Valley Solar Energy Project



March 8, 2019__Big Bear Lake, California ____   

Friday, Bear Valley Electric Service Director Paul Marconi (BVES) announced General Electric’s solar development business, GE Solar, will serve as the project developer for the Bear Valley Solar Energy Project (BVSEP). GE Solar has successfully developed more than 140 solar projects in North America and plans to partner with local businesses for site management and construction that is scheduled to commence in June 2019.


“We are excited to formalize this agreement with General Electric to lead development of the Bear Valley Solar Energy Project,” said BVES Director Paul Marconi. “GE Solar has an impressive track record in the solar industry and has successfully developed projects throughout the United States that help communities create long-term renewable energy solutions.” 


The BVSEP is a solar energy venture that will include the installation of a solar field at the Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency (BBARWA) headquarters in Big Bear. Solar panels that rotate with the sun will have the ability to produce an additional 8 megawatts of solar energy for the electric grid, which is enough to power approximately 4,000 homes and represents approximately 11% of the energy supplied today. The cost-effective energy solution will improve system reliability and reduce the cost to provide power. 


“The transition to a sustainable energy source is a big step for the community, but an important one to take to ensure long-term reliability of service and reduce costs, while having a positive environmental impact,” said GE Solar’s Head of Origination, Eric Pollock. “We look forward to partnering with BVES, BBARWA and the Big Bear community to bring solar to the mountain.” 


“This project has been a goal of ours for quite some time, and we are confident General Electric is the right partner to successfully bring it to fruition,” said BBARWA General Manager David Lawrence. “The Bear Valley Solar Energy Project will prove to be a huge asset to the valley once completed.” 


For additional information about the Bear Valley Solar Energy Project, customers are encouraged to call 800.808.BVES (2837).


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Bear Valley Electric Service 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.