Dedication of the Lewis C. Borgfeld Community Room
September 15

GVEC Schertz Community Room Dedicated as the Lewis C. Borgfeld Community Room

Gonzales, Texas – September 15, 2023 – On September 14, 2023, the GVEC Community Room, located within the Schertz Customer Service Office, was newly recognized… View Article Read More

August 25

GVEC La Vernia Community Room Dedicated as the Melvin E. Strey Community Room

Gonzales Texas – August 25, 2023 – On August 24, 2023, the GVEC Community Room, located within the La Vernia Customer Service Office, was newly… View Article Read More

A major solar project is being developed in Central Texas as a partnership between global automotive supplier Vitesco Technologies, San Antonio-based Big Sun Solar and the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative (GVEC) and is believed to be one of the first three-party power purchase agreements in Texas. Groundbreaking for the project began in late July and is expected to be completed and commissioned by the end of 2023. The solar project will be built on 12 acres adjacent to the Vitesco Technologies manufacturing facility in Seguin supporting the company's role as a leading international supplier of modern drive systems and electrification solutions for sustainable mobility. Through the power purchase agreement, Big Sun Solar will build, own and operate the solar project, and Vitesco Technologies will purchase from GVEC the electricity generated to offset its energy consumption. The 2.6MWdc project will generate roughly 4,800 megawatt hours per year through 4,800 solar panels, which use trackers to follow the sun’s changing position throughout the day. That will meet about 13 percent of Vitesco Technologies’ annual energy consumption at the Seguin facility. This is enough energy to power 330 Texas homes (avg. 1,800 square feet) per year and to reduce emissions equivalent to removing nearly 600 cars from the road for a year. “The Seguin facility is one of our largest manufacturing plants in the world and a key contributor to Vitesco Technologies’ ability to serve U.S. and global automakers with powertrain technology,” said Scott Williams, head of Operations for Vitesco Technologies North America. “Our collaboration with Big Sun Solar has led to a significant leap forward in allowing us to also meet our corporate environmental and sustainability targets. Our corporate values of Passionate, Partnering and Pioneering are on full display thanks to the expertise and support received from Big Sun Solar and GVEC.” By 2030, Vitesco Technologies wants to achieve climate neutrality for its entire production and internal business activities. The company has also set itself the ambitious goal of making its entire value chain climate neutral by 2040 at the latest. This also includes all business activities outside the company's own processes – from the extraction of raw materials to the use of products. "Converting the transportation sector to climate neutral solutions is daunting but also achievable. We're proud and excited to work with companies such as Vitesco Technologies who are taking the lead," said Big Sun Solar CEO Robert Miggins. GVEC General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Darren Schauer commented, “GVEC is pleased to be a part of this inaugural collaboration with Vitesco Technologies and Big Sun Technologies. As a cooperative serving one of the largest manufacturing clusters in South Texas, we are committed to working with our commercial and industrial customers on creative solutions to meet their sustainability goals. This flexibility helps attract and retain prominent businesses such as Vitesco in our service area. We are proud to support this endeavor recognizing it will spur jobs, the local economy, and community resources well into the future.” Vitesco Technologies, which has been an important part of Seguin’s economy for more than 50 years, manufactures state-of-the-art powertrain technologies for sustainable mobility. Its 1700 employees represent roughly five percent of the Seguin population. This project marks the global company’s largest solar project in North America. Photo from groundbreaking ceremony featuring (left to right) Sean Alvarez, Chief Operating Officer, GVEC; Richard Anderson, Vice President, Plant Manager, Vitesco Technologies; Robert Miggins, Cofounder and CEO, Big Sun Solar.
July 27

Vitesco Technologies Initiates Landmark Solar Energy Sustainability Project in Seguin, TX

A major solar project is being developed in Central Texas as a partnership between global automotive supplier Vitesco Technologies, San Antonio-based Big Sun Solar and the Guadalupe Valley Electric… View Article Read More

Emergency Responders enjoying BBQ in their honor
July 17

Supporting, Celebrating Our Emergency Responders

Picnics, door prizes, chit-chat, cornhole and BBQ—these things aren’t normally associated with the critical, often lifesaving work emergency responders do. But such were the sights,… View Article Read More

Two GVEC linemen at the top of a pole, competing at the Texas Lineman's Rodeo
July 11

Texas Lineman’s Rodeo

The Texas Lineman’s Rodeo is a thrilling even where linemen from all over Texas showcase their line work skills. Held annually in Seguin, the Rodeo… View Article Read More

Owners of Baker Boys barbeque, father and son Phil and Wayne Baker
May 8

Baker Boys BBQ: Father, Son and Family Tradition Create a Recipe for Success

It’s 5:30 a.m., and the sun isn’t up, but Wayne Baker is. He’s checking briskets that have been smoking all night and starting fires for… View Article Read More

GVEC Lineman Morgan Martinez in Gonzalez, TX
April 25

National Lineman Appreciation Day 2023: A GVEC Lineman Talks About the Job

On April 18, National Lineman Appreciation Day 2023 came and went at GVEC. Members of GVEC’s line crew enjoyed complimentary breakfast tacos in the morning… View Article Read More

Image of Charlie Agar with a single bee held on left thumb tip held up before the camera, Charlie Bee Company
April 19

Bee Hugger – Local Man Makes Bees His Business and Mission

In recent years, backyard beekeeping has become a popular hobby. New Braunfels beekeeper Charlie Agar applauds the profession’s heightened profile, because it raises awareness among… View Article Read More

April 10

GVEC Supports South Central Texas Animal Shelters – Delivering More Forever Homes

Someone once said, “Saving one animal won’t change the world, but it will change the world for that one animal.” In that spirit, GVEC supports… View Article Read More

Gonzales Library in Gonzales, TX
March 15

Local Artist Puts Past, Present on Parade at Gonzales Library

Lifelong artist Ida McGarity woke up one morning in 2014 with a specific vision. It was like a supernatural event,” she recalls. “The moment I… View Article Read More