SCI REMC Lineman Helping Electrify Guatemala
South Central Indiana REMC (SCI REMC) Journeyman Lineman Jesse Fisher has joined a crew of 15 other Indiana electric cooperative linemen traveling to Guatemala this week as part of an international initiative to bring electricity to a developing area in Guatemala.
“Project Indiana: Empowering Global Communities for a Better Tomorrow” will bring electricity to a part of the Central American country where none is available. The crew will spend the second half of March electrifying the village of El Zapotillo (in Cuilco, Huehuetenango). When completed, approximately 50 homes, a school, a clinic and a church will have electricity for the first time.
A graduate of Martinsville High School and Indiana University, Fisher joined SCI REMC in 2004 as an Apprentice Lineman and became a Journeyman Lineman in 2005. Fisher served in the U.S. Army for four years where he was a Para Trooper and trained as a Medic and Diesel Mechanic.
"SCI REMC is very proud to have Jesse Fisher represent the Co-op on this trip. Jesse volunteered for this trip, which says a lot about his character and his love for his job. Like all of our employees, he demonstrates true cooperative spirit," commented Greg McKelfresh, SCIREMC President and CEO.
Two years ago, three other linemen from SCI REMC also traveled to Guatemala for a cooperative electrification mission. This is the Indiana Electric Cooperatives’ third trip to Guatemala. In August 2012, 28 Hoosier lineworkers from 17 of Indiana’s electric cooperatives, spent four weeks working across the mountainous terrain to construct more than 20 miles of power lines and bring electricity to three villages. In April 2015, 14 lineworkers battled extreme heat and the rugged land to string 11 miles of wire to connect 76 poles across 2,500 feet of mountains.
You can follow Fisher’s trip at https://2017projectindiana.shutterfly.com or www.facebook.com/sciremc.
About SCI REMC
SCI REMC is a member-owned cooperative electric distribution facility. A cooperative is a business owned by its customers, known as members. Anyone who receives power from South Central Indiana REMC is part owner of the business. SCI REMC is one of 38 rural electric cooperatives in Indiana. Electric cooperatives were organized throughout the state in the 1930s. At that time, investor-owned utilities were supplying power in urban areas, but would not supply electric power to rural customers. This was common across the country at this time in history. People living in rural areas saw that those in cities had electricity, and wanted it as well. As a result, with loans from the Rural Electrification Administration, rural communities banded together and created electric cooperatives. Hoosiers 77 years ago in Morgan, Monroe, Owen, Brown and parts of Putnam, Clay and Johnson counties, pooled their money, and set poles and tied lines by hand to bring electricity to rural South Central Indiana.