There are many costs associated with connecting to OPALCO electrical service. We ask that you read all the sections associated with new construction, as there are design, scheduling, easements and permits that can affect timely installation of your electric service. Please contact us for help in navigating this process.

What you are responsible for

The OPALCO member is responsible for providing all equipment on the member side of the point-of-delivery, including, but not limited to, the secondary conductor, conduit, wiring, service equipment, and other costs as detailed in the Contribution in Aid of Construction (see the CIAC section that follows).

  • For single-phase service of 600 amps and over, or three-phase service of greater than 200 amps, the member must provide the approved Current Transformer (CT) enclosure, CT mounting rack, and the single-service disconnect that includes overcurrent protection.
  • OPALCO can provide at member’s expense the current transformer, test switch, meter base, and meter.

Contribution in Aid of Construction

Your Contribution in Aid of Construction (CIAC) is an estimate of the anticipated equipment to be supplied by OPALCO. Following the design work on your project, OPALCO reviews and creates a CIAC that is mailed to the responsible party. This Contribution in Aid of Construction (CIAC) is only an estimate, and you are responsible for 100% of the OPALCO cost of labor and materials to connect to the OPALCO point of established service.

  • OPALCO may generate up to two CIAC estimates per project.
  • Any additional estimates are billed at OPALCO’s engineering rate.
  • A transportation fee is included in all CIACs that require travel to non-ferry-served islands.

After OPALCO has received all required application information and completed a site visit, a Member Contribution in Aid of Construction (CIAC) statement is mailed to the responsible party (you, your contractor, or your project manager).

Any difference in the paid-CIAC to actual project cost that is equal to or greater than $250.00 is adjusted in an additional invoice or refund to the member when the work is completed.

For additional information, please review the Facility Installation Specifications book that is available online or in PDF format for printing. If you have additional questions, please contact engineering@OPALCO.com.

Easements and Permits

For any OPALCO facilities and equipment installed on private property, an easement from the property owner of record is required. Obtaining an easement requires the following and takes a minimum of two weeks.

The applicant must provide OPALCO with the following required information so that the easement can be properly determined:

  • Provide plot plan, full legal descriptions, tax parcel numbers and the names as they appear on the ownership documents for all involved properties as well as copies of any existing recorded easements, plats or surveys.
  • Evidence in the field of pertinent lot corners, monuments, lot lines and easement and rights of way margins and alignments.

See the Facility Installation Specifications for complete details.

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