Platinum Contracting of Nevada to Advance Utility Distribution through Underground Installations
Platinum Contracting of Nevada, a leading independent full-service general contractor who specializes in underground utilities, is striving to advance Southern Nevada’s utility distribution through a series of underground installations. The installations will integrate energy, sewer, water, gas, phone and internet services below ground in effort to create a more efficient and reliable distribution system.
The firm is currently installing underground utilities for Signature Homes’ newest housing development in Southwest Las Vegas, in addition to its ongoing installations for The Howard Hughes Corporation and Lake Las Vegas. The installations will provide utility connections to Nevada Energy, Cox Communications, CenturyLink, Southwest Gas, the City of Henderson and the City of Las Vegas.
“Underground utility distribution provides an efficiency and reliability that overhead utility lines lack. It can serve as a solution for cities looking to reduce outages while still striving to produce clean energy,” said Dean Gettman, CEO of Platinum Contracting of Nevada. “A continuum of energy resources are being implemented across the nation as we become more resource focused like solar, fuel cells and electric vehicles, requiring a reliable power grid to accommodate them.”
Underground utilities provide a reliable source of power and distribution through reducing the likelihood of public outages, weather damage, damages caused by equipment and overhead lines, maintenance, improving an environment’s aesthetic and more. According to the Power Delivery Intelligence Initiative, cities who have implemented underground utility ordinances such as, Ft. Collins and Colorado Springs, Colorado and Anaheim, California, are reporting 99.9 percent reliability rates and some with more than a 97 percent reduction in electric outage minutes.
“As state and national officials set goals for renewables, net zero energy, carbon free and so on, our distribution grids will need to adapt to be highly effective and complex to meet these goals,” said Gettman. “A key factor in transforming our grids to efficiently deliver clean energy is underground electrical distribution lines.”
With the introduction of federal programs like the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) Program funding, the firm said it is expecting to see an uptick in demand later this year and early in 2024.
“Our industry is seeing more and more multifamily, commercial and residential developers integrate underground utilities in their new developments to not only provide a reliable system for future residents and businesses, but also in preparation to accommodate new energy resources.”
Platinum Contracting of Nevada has completed more than 30 underground utility installations throughout the past year for both commercial and residential developments, with more projects throughout the Las Vegas Valley set to begin later this year.
To learn more about Platinum Contracting of Nevada and its contracting services, visit www.platinumnv.com.