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pryora2
Bringing ***** to a vacant parcel of land

I have a 5 acre parcel of land that has no structures or electricity run to it. There is an electricity pole across the street from the corner of the land. What is your recommendation for bringing electricity onto the parcel of land? Specifically should I have the utility company add a pole on the land at the edge closest to their pole. With this solution then bury and run the electricity to locations needing it such as a storage shed, water well shed, or a house? Or should I have the utility company place a pole near the middle of the parcel and bury and run electricity to the locations needing it? Any suggestions and pros and cons are very welcome.

Andy

Edgeking
Re: Bringing ***** to a vacant parcel of land

Ill tell you man this is entirely up to you. if it is at the edge of your property it will cost you more to run USE cable to get to whatever you put on your land. If it is in the middle of your land cheaper undergound wiring for you, but since you mentioned a house on the property, if it were me i would defiently place pole closest to the road and use underground to whatever. I wish you luck and i hope you get to really enjoy that nice piece of land. greg

Re: Bringing ***** to a vacant parcel of land

If you're not sure how you plan to use the electricity in the future I would install a 200A 120/240 volt mobile home panel with a 200A main breaker 8 spaces and feed thru lugs ($110 at Home Depot), on a 6" x 6" 20 ft treated pole ($100).

I would then install a 30A 125 volt RV receptacle and a 50A 120/240 volt mobile home receptacle and a 20A 120 volt GFCI receptacle in a weather proof box with an "in-use" cover.

You will need to drive 2 eight ft ground rods 6 feet apart and tie to the neutral bus with #6 bare copper wire.

If you stay within 100 ft of the pole the utility company won't charge for the installation but if you went underground it will cost at least $1000, at least around here.

Don't apply for a temporary, you'll have to remove it in 6 months!

If you later want to build a house you can come out the bottom of the 200A panel and nothing needs to be redone.

Good Luck from Columbiana, Alabama
Maurice Turgeon, thesemi-retiredelectrician.com

Fencepost
Re: Bringing ***** to a vacant parcel of land
The Semi-Retired Electric wrote:

If you stay within 100 ft of the pole the utility company won't charge for the installation but if you went underground it will cost at least $1000, at least around here.

Depends entirely on the utility. Some will charge actual costs, which can run thousands of dollars. Others will charge a nominal fee; some will charge nothing.

Contact your utility and explain what you want to do. They will tell you what they expect from you, what they will charge you, and what they will do for you.

The utility where my brother lives will charge $25 for pretty much any installation. For example, if my brother were to dig the ditch, they'd install underground wire all the way to the meter for only $25. A friend in a different utility was quoted several hundred thousand dollars for installing p0wer 3/4 mile to his house -- he opted to go off the grid. He generates all his household p0wer through solar and a small-stream generator.

WitchDoctor
Re: Bringing ***** to a vacant parcel of land

Rarely do I agree with Leslie , but the above post is true . It depends on YOUR situation and YOUR utility co.

sparky1
Re: Bringing ***** to a vacant parcel of land

i agree with the two posts above me!

keith3267
Re: Bringing ***** to a vacant parcel of land

I too agree with the above but want to add that your local code enforcement may have something to say as well.

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