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#5606222 - 02/18/15 11:01 AM Dropping power from a power pole
Junebug Offline
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Registered: 11/06/11
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Loc: Fort Worth
We have a power pole next to our camp site at the lease with no meter or transformer on it. Does any one know the cost of having the electric company drop a line and meter. The camp is less than 40 yards from the road.

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#5606244 - 02/18/15 11:07 AM Re: Dropping power from a power pole [Re: Junebug]
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It should be free out to a distance from the pole.
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#5606294 - 02/18/15 11:30 AM Re: Dropping power from a power pole [Re: Junebug]
oldoak2000 Offline
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Contact pwr company for specifics.
Often you'll have to pay for a temp Power Pole with meter box & breaker-box ($500 new, $200+/- used on craigslist) if you have no permanent building within couple hundred feet of existing pole.
They pay for everything up to the meter-box for the distances you mention (doesn't sound like any additional hi-volt poles needed).

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#5606311 - 02/18/15 11:42 AM Re: Dropping power from a power pole [Re: Junebug]
Ron H Offline
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We checked this out in Palo Pinto County with United Electric. They wanted $600 for transformer installation and $500+ for meter loop then we had to run to trailers from pole. It was going to be about $10,000 where we did not have a pole for them to run new service.

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#5606337 - 02/18/15 11:51 AM Re: Dropping power from a power pole [Re: Junebug]
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#5606403 - 02/18/15 12:22 PM Re: Dropping power from a power pole [Re: Junebug]
22hemi13 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/14
Posts: 166
Loc: Central tx
Yep call co-op. $800 for me to have a meter set at a pole that already has transformer. 200a service. It cost $1,500 to have em set a pole and run it over 75ft. Sad that they used to do it for free to get the service. Then days are gone

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#5606607 - 02/18/15 02:12 PM Re: Dropping power from a power pole [Re: Junebug]
Junebug Offline
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Registered: 11/06/11
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Loc: Fort Worth
Wow, we have to pay them to set up power, so we can pay them to use the power. I guess they gotta make their money.


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#5607079 - 02/18/15 05:31 PM Re: Dropping power from a power pole [Re: Junebug]
22hemi13 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/14
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Loc: Central tx
Solar looks better and better. If the initial just wasn't sooooooooooooo expensive

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#5607175 - 02/18/15 06:15 PM Re: Dropping power from a power pole [Re: Junebug]
ccrock Offline
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Been there and done that. If I remember Oncor will run power 90 feet from a transformer and tie into the weather head. We were responsible for breaker, meter box, weather head , pole and wiring. I think we spent 500-700 to get it set up.

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#5607564 - 02/18/15 09:37 PM Re: Dropping power from a power pole [Re: ccrock]
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Originally Posted By: ccrock
Been there and done that. If I remember Oncor will run power 90 feet from a transformer and tie into the weather head. We were responsible for breaker, meter box, weather head , pole and wiring. I think we spent 500-700 to get it set up.


Yes, a transformer is required anytime power is dropped down from a higher-voltage transmission line.

Some places sell "trailer poles" made ready to go with the weather head, meter base, and breaker box. Some may even include a outlet box.

Pick a day when the 4-6ft ground rod can be driven into the ground with greater ease.

If an existing transformer is nearby, connection charges should be much lower.
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#5607769 - 02/19/15 06:13 AM Re: Dropping power from a power pole [Re: Junebug]
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As said, you will have to call the utility where your pole is. My Co-op (Tri-county) will run main lines for new service, supply a 200a transformer and will go 100' to your supplied pole/w drop attached. I bought a 200a meter pole pre-made from Simms on Ft Worth HWY in Weatherford for about $500, think they are $600 now.
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#5607779 - 02/19/15 06:23 AM Re: Dropping power from a power pole [Re: Junebug]
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I remember when it used to be free. But that was 25 years ago and everyone paid a tax on their electric bill to supply electricity in rural areas.
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#5607791 - 02/19/15 06:34 AM Re: Dropping power from a power pole [Re: Junebug]
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If the pole and transformer already exists, all you have to do is install the schedule 80 conduit (3ft in ground and the sweep has to be 7in away from the pole minimum) and have your electrical panel on your camp/house wired to take power. They will install the wire and terminate it in the meter and your panel, you will have to pay a hook up fee which should be less than $200. Been there done that less than a year ago.

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#5607921 - 02/19/15 08:24 AM Re: Dropping power from a power pole [Re: Dry Fire]
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Loc: Valley View, TX
Originally Posted By: Dry Fire
I remember when it used to be free. But that was 25 years ago and everyone paid a tax on their electric bill to supply electricity in rural areas.


If it's to a home (permanent building) it is usually still 'free' to the meterbox;
for 'recreational' drops many utilities now charge various amounts for the drop, and especially to extend the HV poles (like $1200 - $1500 ea).

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#5608702 - 02/19/15 04:13 PM Re: Dropping power from a power pole [Re: Junebug]
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We got the land owner to sign a 3 year contract so it was only $250
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