Topic: Energy


Written on September 15, 2021 at 5:48 am, by

Solar Town Hall – September 20 This is your last chance to enter the raffle! OPALCO’s series of Island Way workshops concludes with a Solar Town Hall via Zoom on September 20th at 5:00pm. The Solar Town Hall will give an update on the next community solar project – the Bailer Hill Microgrid on San  Continue Reading


Written on September 11, 2021 at 9:00 am, by

OPALCO to Host Solar Town Hall September 20th  Last chance to enter raffle  OPALCO’s series of Island Way workshops concludes with a Solar Town Hall via Zoom on September 20th at 5:00pm. The Solar Town Hall will give an update on the next community solar project – the Bailer Hill Microgrid on San Juan Island, discuss  Continue Reading

Test Drive and Learn about Electric Vehicles in Eastsound this August

Written on July 15, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From OPALCO At 4:30 p.m. Aug. 5 OPALCO will host an Electric Vehicle Jamboree at the OPALCO Eastsound parking lot. The in-person workshop will introduce members to a variety of electric vehicles, giving those who already have an electric vehicle a chance for some show and tell and answer questions. Members can test drive an  Continue Reading

State Utility Disconnect Moratorium to end July 31, Set Up OPALCO Payment Plan Today

Written on June 13, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From OPALCO Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to lift the moratorium on all utility disconnects July 31. Since the beginning of the pandemic, OPALCO has worked with its members to offer bill-pay assistance and long-term payment options for those who have fallen behind on their bills. Members who have payment plans in place  Continue Reading

OPALCO Clears Trees to Reduce Power Outages, Increase Forest Health

Written on June 1, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From OPALCO OPALCO has a strong commitment to keeping its power lines clear of trees and brush in order to keep field crews and co-op members safe, reduce power outages and prevent damage to the islands’ electrical system. This reduces costs – saving member dollars – and helps to keep the lights on. Orcas Power  Continue Reading

OPALCO Presents Online Workshop to Shift from Fossil Fuels

Written on May 22, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From OPALCO Are you ready for the shift away from fossil fuels? OPALCO’s Island Way campaign is here to help co-op members prepare for the energy future that is coming fast. The next virtual workshop is May 27. Island Way events are interactive hour-long sessions designed to help members get the information and support they  Continue Reading

Struthers, Christmas and Osterman Elected to OPALCO Board

Written on April 26, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

135 Member Join Online Annual Meeting, more than 50 Join Q&A   From OPALCO Jeff Struthers and Rick Chrismas of the Orcas district and Tom Osterman of Lopez district were elected to the OPALCO Board of Directors.  The results were announced at the organization’s annual meeting April 24 held via Zoom. Orcas Power & Light  Continue Reading

OPALCO Discusses San Juans Solar Energy Online May 5

Written on April 23, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

Attend and Enter to Win Electric Lawnmower, 10 Community Solar Shares   From OPALCO OPALCO will host a solar town hall May 5 in the first of a series of co-op workshops that help members prepare their homes and businesses to transition from fossil fuels. Orcas Power & Light Cooperative, or OPALCO, is the member-owned  Continue Reading

Join OPALCO’s Virtual Annual Meeting April 24

Written on April 9, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

Enter to Win Community Solar Shares or Electric Lawnmower From OPALCO If you pay your power bill to OPALCO, you’re a member of the electrical co-op. OPALCO, or Orcas Power & Light Cooperative, is a member-owned cooperative electric utility that serves 20 islands in San Juan County. Each year OPALCO holds its annual meeting to  Continue Reading

OPALCO Clears Trees Under Power Lines To Improve Safety, Forest Health

Written on March 30, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From OPALCO Orcas Power & Light Cooperative is clearing the right-of-way areas under power lines to protect the electrical system from outages, remove forest fuels that could feed a wildfire and improve forest health through biochar amendments to the soil. OPALCO is our member-owned cooperative electric utility, serving San Juan County.  The Civilian Conservation Corp  Continue Reading

Letter: OPALCO Orcas District Reps Ask For Vote

Written on March 28, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From Jeffrey Struthers and Rick Christmas, OPALCO Orcas District Representatives It is time to vote for Orcas district directors for OPALCO and Rock Island. We, your current Orcas district directors — Jeffrey Struthers and Rick Christmas — ask for your vote. Here is why we believe you should return both of us to the board  Continue Reading

OPALCO Candidate Forum March 17, Election March 22

Written on March 11, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From OPALCO OPALCO members are owners of the cooperative and each year elect community members to the board. Board members set rates, make policies and plan for our community’s energy future. Members will be receiving their voter’s guide and ballot either by email or via mail. All OPALCO members vote in every election regardless of  Continue Reading

OPALCO Board Voting Opens March 22

Written on March 2, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From OPALCO As a cooperative, OPALCO holds elections for its board positions on an annual basis. The 2021 election is the first year of the staggered election process. ALL OPALCO members vote in every election regardless of their home district. The following are running for OPALCO board positions this year: • District 2 (two positions  Continue Reading

Celebrate OPALCO’s Completed Solar Array On Decatur

Written on February 14, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

 From OPALCO Join OPALCO at noon, Feb. 24 on Zoom for a video tour of the energy co-op’s first community solar array on Decatur Island with a panel discussion and Q&A session. OPALCO installed a one-megawatt battery storage project to couple with their first community solar array on Decatur Island. This microgrid is the  Continue Reading

OPALCO Employees On Lopez Test Positive For COVID

Written on February 12, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From OPALCO Three OPALCO employees have tested positive for COVID-19 on Lopez and others are under quarantine, following the San Juan County protocol. At this time, the employees who tested positive appear to have mild to no symptoms and are resting at home. As their quarantine periods are up over the next week or so,  Continue Reading

OPALCO Board Zoom Meetings Open To Members

Written on January 20, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From OPALCO Beginning with the Jan. 21 regular meeting of the OPALCO Board of Directors, co-op members will be able to sit in on virtual board meetings using a Zoom connection. A link for members to access the meetings will be published with board materials each Monday before a board meeting online at Go  Continue Reading

OPALCO Restores Power After 18-Hour Outage

Written on January 16, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From OPALCO In the early morning hours of Wednesday, Jan. 13, a big storm hit the Northwest region of Washington state with wind gusts of 50-65 mph in the San Juan Island area. By 1 a.m., all of San Juan County was without power after large trees fell onto the Puget Sound Energy lines feeding  Continue Reading

Power Restored To San Juan Islands

Written on January 13, 2021 at 9:40 pm, by

By Hayley Day, San Juan Update As of 7:40 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 13, OPALCO reported that power was being restored to all 20 islands in phases. “Be prepared for some potential small outages as the system comes back up,” read the islands’ energy co-op Facebook page. “Be sure to thank a lineman!”  Early Wednesday morning,  Continue Reading

Run For OPALCO Board

Written on January 11, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

Deadline for Nominations is January 27 From OPALCO Now is your chance for a seat at the table as the OPALCO Board plans the future power supply for San Juan County. OPALCO is seeking nominations for board candidates for two open positions in District 2 (Orcas, Armitage, Big Double, Blakely, Fawn, Little Double and Obstruction  Continue Reading

San Juan Students Provide Solar Power To Kenya Schools

Written on December 16, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

By San Juan Island School District During the school year 2018-19, the Friday Harbor High School’s Advanced Placement environmental science class partnered with a nonprofit to build two “expedition class solar suitcases,” to study both renewable energy and social issues around the world. We Share Solar — a nonprofit whose mission includes providing health workers  Continue Reading

No OPALCO Rate Increase In 2021

Written on November 27, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

Community Solar Project Coming to San Juan Island By OPALCO The OPALCO Board of Directors passed the 2021 Co-op budget at their Nov. 24 meeting and approved a 0 percent rate increase – that’s no rate increase – in consideration of the ongoing pandemic and its economic hardships. The approved budget also includes a second,  Continue Reading

Help Your Neighbor Pay Their Power Bill

Written on November 11, 2020 at 4:00 am, by

By OPALCO As the days get shorter and the temperature drops, power bills go up and many islanders struggle to make ends meet. This year, more than ever, islanders will have to dig deep to stay current on their bills. Orcas Power & Light Cooperative created Project PAL to help co-op members look out for  Continue Reading