Capital Credit Checks Coming – plus a little extra!

In December, capital credit checks will be sent out to members who were active in 1992, which is OPALCO’s usual 25-year cycle for capital credit distributions. Based on a larger than projected margin, the Board decided to include an additional amount, about 45% of 1993 margins. Some of our longest standing members will get a little extra this year! The … Read more »

OPALCO seeks board member for District 3 – Lopez Island

Want to get involved with your community?  Serving on the board of a cooperative can be a rewarding experience and can help guide the future of our quality of life in San Juan County.  This is an exciting time in OPALCO’s history of more than 80 years – consider submitting your application! Applications will be accepted for this open position … Read more »

OPALCO Board Member Jim Lett to Retire; Candidates Sought for Board Appointment

Jim Lett grandkids

OPALCO Board Member Jim Lett has announced his retirement in order to spend more time with his “crowd of grandchildren.” Lett will retire on January 31, 2018 and the member Election & Governance Committee is seeking applications from candidates from District 3 (Lopez, Decatur, Center and Charles islands) interested in filling the vacancy. Applications are due November 20, 2017. “We … Read more »

October is National Co-op Month!

Co-ops in the San Juan Islands are teaming up to celebrate National Co-op month. OPALCO, San Juan Island Food Co-op and Orcas Food Co-op are all hosting member appreciation events this month to celebrate the benefits of co-ops. As member-owned and member-controlled businesses, cooperatives commit to meeting the needs of their members and building stronger communities. Cooperatives strengthen the local … Read more »

Lots of Opportunities to Participate in Your Local Co-op

OPALCO is a member-owned cooperative committed to democratic member control and community involvement. In the coming weeks, there are a number of opportunities for OPALCO members to join in conversation with the Board, staff and each other. Members are encouraged to participate! The second in a series of board work sessions on rates is scheduled for Friday, September 22nd beginning … Read more »

Survey Results Show Support for Community Solar; Proposals sought for design and construction

More than 1,200 members responded to an online survey about Community Solar, measuring preferences, appetite and collecting narrative comments. In a nutshell, the membership is very interested in Community Solar so long as it doesn’t affect rates. A request for proposals was published in September for solar installers interested in designing and building the project. OPALCO’s community solar project will … Read more »

OPALCO Submarine Cable Named for George Goff – Golden Ticket Winners Chosen

This September, a historic event takes place that ensures islanders can maintain their quality of life for the next 50+ years. OPALCO will install 13,596 feet of a new, efficient and modern submarine cable in the crossing between Lopez and San Juan islands. More than thirty OPALCO Co-op members entered a contest to name the submarine cable.  The winning name … Read more »

San Juan County Youth Scholars Shine at Regional Youth Rally

Six San Juan County high-school students attended the Co-op Youth Rally at The College of Idaho as part of OPALCO’s Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholarship Program. During the week-long leadership camp in July, four of the six students earned top scholarships ranging from $300-$600 from the Idaho Consumer-owned Utilities Association (ICUA), who hosts the camp. The Youth Rally included a … Read more »

Buyer Beware: Greenwashing Renewable Energy Credits

Energy consumers in the region have received marketing materials from for-profit corporations offering “renewable energy” as an alternative to their regular power company’s services. Buyer beware! These companies are acting as middle men, buying RECs (Renewable Energy Credits) from investors in solar, wind, tidal, etc. and then re-selling those RECs to consumers at, typically, ten times their cost. For people who … Read more »


OPALCO has more than 220 Co-op members who generate their own power. With Community Solar, the rest of us will get a chance to purchase a piece of a big solar generator – at a fraction of the cost to install your own panels – and get a small financial return on our energy investment as a credit on our … Read more »