A HISTORY of innovation

For more than 60 years, corporations, utility companies, developers and high-tech leaders have relied on Cupertino Electric to design and execute first-of-their-kind electrical systems. Our history of delivering technically-complex projects fast--without compromising quality or safety--means that we are usually the first call when project failure is not an option.

Founded in 1954 by Gene Ravizza and Pete Kraljev, Cupertino Electric has fueled innovation in and around Silicon Valley by supplying the infrastructure that has enabled forward-looking companies to realize their vision. Since our humble beginnings, we have grown in the last six decades to serve sophisticated customers in a variety of industries. Despite our evolution and geographic reach, we are still guided by a few steadfast values: integrity, excellence, innovation, people and safety.

Timeline

1954
Eugene Ravizza purchased Kucher Electric and renamed it Cupertino Electric, Inc.
1959
Cupertino Electric works at Foothill and DeAnza colleges, accelerating the company’s education project portfolio.
1960
Cupertino Electric designs and installs electrical infrastructure at Fairchild Semiconductor, one of the first semiconductor fabrication facilities.
1970
Cupertino Electric helps build Intel’s headquarters, adding to the company's high-tech portfolio. ...
1974
Completed healthcare project for a large Silicon Valley hospital solidifies Cupertino Electric’s place in the medical market.
1985
Cupertino Electric designs and installs Monterey Bay Aquarium’s 1 million gallon tank housing treasured sea creatures.
1989
Cupertino Electric acquires San Francisco-based Collins Electric.
1996
Cupertino Electric opens Phoenix, Arizona office.
1998
Cupertino Electric acquires Frank Electric, a rival electrical contractor in San Jose.
1998
Cupertino Electric enters the data center market, working for some of the most successful technology companies in the world.
2000
CEI relocates to San Jose, increasing capacity and adding robust support center.
2001
Cupertino Electric builds Miami’s “Network Access Point (NAP) of the Americas,” the first carrier-neutral Network Access Point linking Latin America with the rest of the world. Deemed “one of the most significant telecommunications projects in the world” by Verizon Terremark.
2002
Cupertino Electric builds an El Cajon, California peaker power plant in an unprecedented 12 weeks.
2003
Cupertino designs and builds first California casino project in four short months housing 2,000-slot machines.
2004
CEI celebrates its 50th Anniversary in business.
2005
Cupertino Electric vice president receives one of the earliest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications in the industry from U.S. Green Building Council.
2005
Jim Ryley is promoted to chairman of the board of directors. John Boncher becomes president and chief operating officer.
2007
Cupertino Electric establishes Energy Alternatives Division after installing largest corporate solar photovoltaic system in the U.S. for Google.
2007
Cupertino Electric expands into Southern California, opens office in Santa Fe Springs.
2007
Cupertino Electric receives “Henry Subcontractor of the Year” award from Turner Construction for safety excellence.
2008
Cupertino Electric named “Subcontractor of the Year” at the Silicon Valley Business Journal's Structure Awards...
2009
Cupertino Electric builds 400 MW, 200 kV TransBay Cable project, involving two converter stations for a new submarine HVDC transmission link between Pittsburg and San Francisco, Calif.
2009
Cupertino Electric voted a "Best Place to Work in the Bay Area" during inaugural Business Journal event. ...
2010
Jim Ryley retires. John Boncher appointed President and CEO.
2010
Cupertino Electric builds largest solar farm in U.S. under construction for Southern California Edison.
2010
Cupertino Electric works on Lodi Energy Center, a 1x1 combined-cycle, nominal 296 MW Siemens “Flex Plant 30” power generation facility with natural gas-fired turbine generator.
2011
Cupertino Electric wins PG&E's "Generation Supplier of the Year" award after delivering two utility-scale solar projects totaling 35 MW for PG&E...
2011
Cupertino Electric recognized as a "Top Corporate Philanthropist" by the San Francisco Business Times...
2012
Cupertino Electric builds Copper Mountain Solar 2 substation in Nevada for Sempra Energy.
2012
Cupertino Electric named "Specialty Contractor of the Year" by ENR California. ...
2012
Cupertino Electric begins construction on Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., the most connected stadium in the NFL. ...
2012
Cupertino Electric opens Solar Technology Evaluation Lab at its headquarters to test new technologies and methods on future projects.
2012
Cupertino Electric awarded AGC of California "Safety Award of Excellence" for specialty contractors working more than 1 million hours...
2012
Cupertino completes fifth utility-scale solar PV project for PG&E in California to meet 250 MW clean energy initiative.
2013
Cupertino Electric begins work on the largest utility-scale solar project under construction in the U.S., Solar Star 2.
2013
Cupertino Electric’s modular team begins work on a fast-track data center for a social media giant.
2013
Cupertino Electric awarded AGC of California "Safety Award of Excellence" for specialty contractors working more than 1 million hours, earns AGC of America honors as a national awards finalist...
2013
Cupertino Electric acquires data center engineering and commissioning firm, California Data Center Design Group.
2014
Cupertino Electric installs solar panels at large-scale 279 MW Copper Mountain Solar 3 project in Boulder City, Nevada for Sempra Energy, working with AMEC.
2014
Cupertino Electric celebrates its 60th Anniversary in business.
2014
CEI wins several NECA Los Angeles-based awards, including the Terry Perkins Safety Award and an Electrical Excellence Award.
2014
RAFT solar installation
Cupertino Electric designs, builds and donates solar system for non-profit organization RAFT.
2014
Cupertino Electric completes work on Levi's Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers...
2014
ENR California recognizes Cupertino Electric as largest California Electrical Contractor in 2013.
2015
Cupertino Electric is awarded the ENR Southwest's "Project of the Year" Merit Award for the Copper Mountain Solar 3 project. ...
2015
Solar Power World ranks Cupertino Electric the largest California solar EPC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction) provider.
2015
The San Francisco Business Times ranks Cupertino Electric's San Francisco office the largest electrical contractor in the Bay Area...
2015
CEI’s Southern California office relocates to offer expanded warehouse and prefabrication capabilities.