Kern River plant and Borel Line are ready


Publication: San Francisco Call

San Francisco, CA, United States
vol. 96, no. 32


Los Angeles Connected With One of the Largest Generating Concerns in Country


System Is Second Only to That at Niagara Falls in Equipment and Size

Special Dispatch to The Call.

LOS ANGELES, July 1. Los Angeles was connected this evening with what will be, when completed, the largest electrical generating and distributing plant in this country outside of Niagara: From Kern River over a transmission line 128 miles long now run three wires carrying 45,000 volts of electricity and, as soon as an additional power station Is completed there, which will be within the next month, the voltage will be increased to 65,000, an energy which is sufficient to generate 20,000 horsepower and which is potential enough to supply nearly all the towns in Southern California with electricity.

The line has been completed by the Kern River Light and Power Company, a Huntington corporation, from the power station at Borel, on the Kern River, where the current is generated by means of huge turbines turned under pressure of water taken from the river twelve miles farther up the stream.

The wires are held to the poles by 24,000 insulators, which weigh fourteen pounds each. These insulators are made of porcelain, in four pieces, and were shipped in bulk, being cemented together at various places along the line. They are the largest insulators ever used in California. The power will be used by the electric railway systems in this city, Pasadena, Pomona, Riverside, San Bernardino and other places, and a number of large .manufacturing plants will also be supplied with "juice" from this source.

The cost of the plant when completed will be nearly $10,000,000, bonds for that amount having been sold nearly two years ago and taken by New York financial houses.

Keywords:Power Transmission : California : Borel : M-4325A
Researcher notes:Insulators used were M-4325A made by New Lexington HV Insulator Co. from November 1903 to January 1904. Fred Locke M-3721's were also used.
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Researcher:Elton Gish
Date completed:December 23, 2013 by: Elton Gish;