Organizational History – Who We Are
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 since 1896. SVP provides power to more than 50,000 customers, including Applied Materials, Intel, Owens Corning,Yahoo! and NVIDIA at rates 15 to 45 percent below neighboring communities. (History.)
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Silicon Valley Power receives the prestigious Ward of Continued Excellence from the American Public Power Association.
Kevin Kolnowski, Assistant Director, Silicon Valley Power with Chuck Thurman (left), 2017 Awards Committee Chair, City of Monmouth (Ore.) and Alex Love (right), 2016-2017 Board President, Nelson Hydro (Nelson, B.C.)
John Roukema, Director of Electric Utility for Silicon Valley Power (center), receives the Resource Efficiency and Community Service Award from the California Municipal Utilities Association. CMUA President Michelle Bertolino (left) and Executive Director Barry Moline (right) presented the award.
On December 3, 2016, Silicon Valley Power employees hit a company-record 1000-day milestone without accidents or injuries requiring someone to miss a day of work. Pictured is SVP Electric Utility Lineman Lington Gordon.
Silicon Valley Power Scholarship Awards recipient Miles Wolf and parents Roy and Janice Wolf display the scholarship won by the U.C. Santa Barbara student, who graduated from Santa Clara’s Wilcox High School.
Helium balloons and power lines do not mix, and can cause dangerous power outages when they do. Silicon Valley Power (SVP) continues to remind celebrants to "Hold on Tight" to helium balloons, which can wrap around power lines and cause power outages.
Up to 40,000 endangered European honey bees took up residence inside his streetlight pole scheduled for replacement in Santa Clara. Silicon Valley Power crews called a professional beekeeper to save the hive on Dec. 23, 2015.
Beekeeper and extraction expert Art Hall removed the bolts that hold down the streetlight where a European honey bee colony had taken up residence in Santa Clara. The pole would be removed to a Silicon Valley Power construction yard where the bees will be relocated to a traditional box bee hive.
Bee extractor Art Hall uses smoke to calm the European honey bees inside a Silicon Valley Power streetlight post in Santa Clara on Dec. 23, 2015. He then placed a plastic bag over the base before the pole was transported to a construction yard where the bees will move into a new box bee hive and live out their lives at the 4-H Ranch in Santa Clara.
Silicon Valley Power crew member Chris Foster steadies the light pole housing 30-40,000 European honey bees held inside by a plastic bag until the pole can be placed next to a box bee hive. The bees will migrate to the box hive when they are released.
Larry Owens, Silicon Valley Power (SVP) Customer Services Manager, has received the Northwest Public Power Association’s (NWPPA) lifetime achievement award for his work in customer communications and marketing for SVP, the City of Santa Clara’s municipal electric utility.
"Graduates with an engineering degree can get six figures now in the Bay Area utility industry and we get to work with new systems that are changing with the evolution of the energy sector," Fortuno says. "I’ll never run out of new utility IT areas to explore.”SVP is offering college scholarships and trade school tuition grants up to $5,000 for students studying in fields related to the electric power industry.
"I feel like I make a difference in people's lives when I'm working on the system," Gordon said.SVP offers trade school tuition grants of up to $2,000 and college scholarships up to $5,000 for Santa Clara (CA) college and trade school students studying fields related to the electric power industry.