Home construction and remodeling
Building or remodeling your home is an exciting venture. But make sure you’re prepared. Plan your home energy strategy before the foundation is poured to gain years of energy-efficient comfort.
For details about how to get the electrical service you need for your project, download our Residential Construction Handbook (pdf 3.4MB).
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You or your builder will need to complete the following before service can be connected to your property:
- Supply Black Hills Energy with courthouse copy of your plat & deed
- Supply Black Hills Energy with courthouse copy of your neighbor’s plat & deed (if you are crossing their property to bring service to you)
- Provide Black Hills Energy with the 911 address of new service
- Obtain signatures on all right-of-ways
- Sign the “Electric Service Extension Agreement”
- Make any applicable payments
- Cut trees
- Contact other utilities; i.e. gas, telecom, cable
- Supply proper trench, conduit and backfill at appropriate time
- Contact SD One Call, 811
If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact one of our construction representatives.
Standards for Electric Meter and Use (pdf 3.2 MB)
Below are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about utility service to your new home.
Frequently Asked Questions
When the cost estimate exceeds the line extension allowance for a new home, you’ll have to make a refundable contribution equal to the difference. You will be eligible for refunds up to the refundable contribution paid for a period ofyears.
Yes, overhead or underground extensions are covered by the Line Extension Allowance for a new home.
Yes. Phone wire and television wires can be laid directly with the power cable in the trench.
Natural gas lines can be placed in the same trench as the power cables. Natural gas, water and sewer lines must maintain 12 inches minimum separation from power line trench specifications.
All natural gas piping systems must be pressure-tested before use. The contractor or you, the property owner, is responsible for arranging the pressure test in accordance with applicable national, state and local codes for installation of natural gas systems. You may be required to obtain a permit and/or have your appliances and piping inspected before we can set a meter and turn on natural gas. Please refer to local regulations for your specific area.
No. It is difficult to repair services along a foundation wall. The service must be away from the house in its own trench.
You should make every effort to place the buried service in areas that will not be paved. In the event that it is not possible, please contact a construction planner for specifications. This method speeds up repairs and eliminates the necessity to damage the pavement to repair cable failures.
We maintain overhead and underground services up to the customer connection.
For overhead services, the connecting point is the customer-owned weatherhead. For underground services, the connecting point is the customer-owned meter can. We provide the meter, which you pay for as a part of your monthly service charge.
Yes. Having the meter in an easily accessible location for our advanced metering system is important. Normally, the side or front of the house works best. It is important to not locate the meter within a fenced area, inside a building or at the rear of the lot.
The capacity for your home is going to depend on your square footage. Correct sizing should be done with the advice of an engineer or electrical contractor.