OPALCO Supports WA I-1631

The Orcas Power & Light Cooperative (OPALCO) Board of Directors support renewable power, electric vehicles, carbon reduction and protection of our Salish Sea. Washington’s Initiative 1631 is a step in the right direction to reduce carbon pollution and promote clean energy, despite flaws in the current version of the bill. We’d like to see the legislation coming from this initiative …

PLANNED POWER OUTAGE for ORCAS ISLAND

Thursday, October 11 @ 11:30 pm – Friday, October 12 @ 5:30 am   Much of Orcas Island will be affected by a planned power outage in order to complete the Orcas Road project and connect the new transmission poles to OPALCO’s system. The affected areas include Swan Road north to Eastsound Village, Dolphin Bay, North Beach, Buck Mountain, Highlands, …

OPALCO Supports Affordable Housing Solutions: Vote YES FOR HOMES

The OPALCO Board of Directors unanimously supports the YES FOR HOMES measure on this November’s ballot. The lack of affordable housing effects OPALCO’s ability to hire and retain a qualified workforce to keep our islands’ power system up and running. We’ve seen candidates for open positions drop out and employees leave due to the scarcity and high cost of housing …

OPALCO Pole Replacement for Orcas Road Re-Alignment

OPALCO is relocating a line of transmission poles along Orcas Road as part of the County’s road re-alignment project. The new poles will be strung with larger transmission wire which follows current standards and will increase efficiency and load carrying capacity.  OPALCO’s contractor crews will be in the area through mid-October. Most of the work is taking place hot (with …

CO-OPS VOTE! San Juan County Co-ops Celebrate National Cooperative Month

Co-op members understand the power of the vote – it’s in our DNA. With Americans holding more than 350 million co-op memberships and rural electric cooperatives serving 75% of our country’s land mass: we have the power! OPALCO, the Orcas Food Co-op and San Juan Island Food Co-op encourage you to register to vote, cast your ballot and advocate for …

COUNTY-WIDE PLANNED POWER OUTAGES OVERNIGHT

Tuesday, September 25th at 12:30 am & Tuesday October 23rd at 12:30 am All of San Juan County will be affected by a series of two planned outages necessary for BPA to replace a section of one of the two main power lines that feeds the San Juan Islands from Fidalgo Island. These maintenance outages will happen on overnight weekdays …

Power Line Clearing Work in Progress

ROW crew at work

OPALCO tree trimming crews are at work throughout San Juan County clearing vegetation from around power lines for safety and to prevent outages this coming winter. This work is part of OPALCO’s routine annual line clearance program – also called Right of Way (ROW) clearing. Trees and vegetation in the ROW, in proximity to high-voltage power lines, need to be …

NWPPA Bulletin – OPALCO Community Solar

OPALCO’s Community Solar project was featured on the cover of the Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA)’s Bulletin: s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwppabulletin/….   Thank you, NWPPA!

Here Comes the Sun: OPALCO Community Solar is Energized!

OPALCO’s first big community solar project is complete and energized! On July 31, 2018, the 504KW-DC array began producing power.  The 272 OPALCO members who invested in the project will begin to see credits on their September bill for the energy produced to date. Member participation ranged from one unit to as many as 160 solar units. OPALCO pre-certified its …