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When you join the Orcas Power & Light Cooperative (OPALCO), you add to a long tradition of islanders joining together to provide services that enhance the viability and improve the quality of life for their community.

Fees and Deposits

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Membership Fee

You are required to pay a $5.00 membership fee that is refundable if you terminate your service. If there is more than one meter on an account, only one membership fee is required.

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Service Charge

There is a non-refundable $25.00 service charge any time an account is created or transferred to a new name.

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Electric service is used prior to its billing, and you may be required to post a deposit before service is connected.

Find out the benefits of being a co-op member

When you join the co-op, you aren’t just signing up for electric service, you’re part of a community of over 11,000 members in the San Juan Islands.


Latest OPALCO News


Clearing for Safety: Upcoming Tree Trimming Projects

OPALCO has several right-of-way clearing projects happening the coming months throughout San Juan County. Right-of-way clearing helps manage trees and vegetation near power lines and is critical for wildfire prevention … Read more

Quick Fact: OPALCO Needs a New Submarine Cable to Meet Growing Demand

OPALCO’s power supply system from the mainland is currently at capacity during peak usage events such as extreme low winter temperatures. The San Juan Islands, like many remote and rural … Read more

Climate Action in San Juan County

The Madrona Institute has been hosting an excellent Climate Action Speaker Series. On October 12th, the speaker series featured opening remarks by Senator Liz Lovelett, followed by Jay Kimball, Vice … Read more

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