OPALCO recognizes that many members struggle to make ends meet on the islands, even when times are good. For this reason, and to help in times of difficulty, Project PAL was created as a vehicle for Co-op members to help their fellow members to pay their electric bills.

How does Project PAL work?

OPALCO members contribute toward PAL by rounding up their electric bill each month or by making a monthly or one-time donation to the program. All monies donated go to grantees.

Who decides?

Project PAL is run by an independent, volunteer council housed at Orcas Power & Light Cooperative to serve OPALCO members. This anonymous council of six member volunteers reviews Project PAL applications and makes award decisions monthly during the heating season, November through April. Half of PAL funds each year are designated for seniors and disabled persons of low income. The remainder is made available to any member who meets the PAL Application & Guidelines 2016-17 and whose application is approved by the volunteer council.

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