Beginning this week, SHELD will be using a contractor to inspect wood poles in the area of town south of Granby Road. In addition to visually inspecting the poles, the effort also includes procedures to identify internal and below ground wood decay. These methods include sounding (striking the pole with a heavy hammer), drilling into the pole, and partial excavation at the ground line. Poles that are identified as deficient are prioritized and scheduled for replacement in the near future. These routine inspections allow SHELD to maintain our equipment in an efficient manner, maintaining our excellent level of service and reliability.

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Every day in every season, South Hadley Electric Light Department is working to find the best, most efficient, and safest way to bring your homes and businesses the power you need.

  • 93

    Miles of Overhead Lines Maintained

  • 7770+

    Accounts Serviced

  • 90%

    Residential Customer Base

  • 25

    Megawatts Peak Daily Demand Met

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