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.

Consider rounding up your bill to help a neighbor in need.

round up button

You can also make a tax deductible donation through the San Juan Island Community Foundation or through the Orcas Island Community Foundation.

How does Project PAL work?

Submit your application along with 3 months proof of income to the Resource Center on your island (contact information below). They will be in contact with you if they need more information.

The Pal Program is active during the heating season and gives out awards in November – April each year.


  1. you are an active member of OPALCO for the 4 months prior to application.
  2. you are a residential member.
  3. Family income level of up to 200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines

Member awards average $150.

Eligibility is based on a family income level of up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines for the year of the application. Chat with your local resource center if you need more information.

Apply online and we will forward to the resource center that serves your area. 

Lopez Family Resource Center
23 Pear Tree Lane
P.O. Box 732
Lopez Island, WA 98261
(360) 468-4117

Orcas Community Resource Center
374 North Beach Road
Eastsound, WA 98245

San Juan Family Resource Center
476 Market Street
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
(360) 378-5246

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