Capilano Substation

Edgemount Village

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To continue to provide reliable electricity in North Vancouver, we're upgrading the Capilano substation by replacing it with a new substation on the western half of the existing substation land.

The new substation will include:

  • Two outdoor transformers.
  • A building for indoor electrical equipment and a control room.
  • Steel support structures to support the new and existing power lines.
  • Other associated outdoor electrical equipment in the substation yard.

The east side of the substation will remain operational during construction to continue to provide a reliable supply of electricity to nearby homes and businesses.

Rendering of the new Capilano Substation upgrade
Capilano Substation construction plan

Capilano Substation is a set of electrical equipment built in 1950s that takes electricity at higher voltages (60kV) and converts it to a lower voltage to supply power to homes and businesses in the neighbourhood. This type of substation is called a distribution substation as it converts power from transmission voltage levels to distribution voltage levels.

There are approximately 12,000 customers currently being served by Capilano Substation. The service area currently supplied by Capilano Substation extends north to the base of Grouse Mountain, south to 1st Street, west to Capilano Road, and east to Lonsdale Avenue.

Most of the major equipment in the substation is near end-of-life and needs to be replaced.

We're currently in the planning and design phase of the project. We expect to begin site preparation in late 2019 with the main construction wrapping up towards 2024.