Are you ready to

Switch it up?

Save $$thousands$$ when you switch to electricity for heating and transportation! OPALCO will provide on-bill financing for your qualified projects.

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New in 2020 Use on-bill financing to get fiber to your home or business for increased control and savings on your Switch It Up! measures. Contact Rock Island:  www.rockisland.com/resp.

It's a triple win

1

You Save on Energy Costs

Save $$ on your total energy spending each month, even while paying for your measure over time.

2

Our County Gets Greener

We can all do our part to protect the Salish Sea and all its inhabitants by reducing carbon for cleaner air and water. OPALCO’s electricity is 97% greenhouse gas free.

 

3

Your Money Stays Local

Investing your energy $$ in electricity helps to keep co-op rates affordable. Locally owned and operated, we control our energy future and the sustainability of our communities.

 

What can I get?

Ductless Heat Pump

Super efficient ductless systems are two-way heat pumps that transfer heat between outdoor and indoor air to create a comfortable temperature in your home. Learn how it works.

Heat Pump Water Heater

Heat pump water heaters use 60% less energy, moving heat rather than generating it for substantial savings on your monthly energy bill. Learn more.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger

An electric vehicle saves you an average of $1,000 per year compared to a gas-powered car that gets 30 MPG. Keep it charged and ready at home! Compare models and calculate your savings at ChooseEV.

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Fiber Internet

A high speed fiber connection gives you more control and savings with energy efficiency projects. Contact Rock Island to learn more.

Calculate your savings and impact potential

Step 1: What would you like to install?
Step 2: What is the estimated cost of your project?
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Step 3: What is your current primary heating source?
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Figures are estimates only based on typical home in San Juan County.

Your Cost

Tariff Duration: 10 years

Monthly On-Bill Charge: $

Total Interest: $

Principal: $

Your Estimated Savings

Monthly Savings: $

Annual Savings: $

Lifetime Savings: $

I'm ready to make the switch!

*If you are interested in a fiber project get started by contacting Rock Island. 

Step 1 – Get a contractor’s bid for your project
Step 2 – Fill out the form below
Step 3 – Save money! Save the planet!

FAQs

Switch it Up! Program

If you’re in the market for a ductless heat pump, get all the details online. OPALCO offers rebates when you switch from a zonal electric heat source, electric forced air furnace and special incentives for kicking the carbon habit when you switch to electric from propane, oil or wood. You can also choose to finance your ductless heat pump on your OPALCO bill through the Switch it Up! program. Any which way you go ductless, you will save $$ and carbon. Rebates and incentives available while funding lasts.

Yes, printable applications can be found here.

The interest ensures that costs are born by the participants of this program, not the general membership. Our lender, USDA/RUS requires that we maintain a reserve in case loans are not paid back. Costs covered by the 2% interest include staff time, county filing fees, marketing costs, loss reserves, etc.

You are required to disclose the Energy Conservation Charge to the subsequent purchaser. The charge is a tariff of the utility for electric service. The repayment obligation is assigned to the premises and survives changes in ownership and/or tenancy. No action is required from OPALCO if you refinance. Consult your lender.

After the project is completed, the contractor will send the invoice and the Contractor Release Form to OPALCO. Once OPALCO verifies all documents are complete the funds will be disbursed directly to the contractor, usually within one to two weeks.

Members are fully responsible for selecting and coordinating with contractors. For ductless heat pumps, you may choose a contractor from OPALCO’s List*:

  • Barron Heating 360-676-1131
  • Bion Island Plumbing 360-376-6700
  • Harbor Heating 360-298-5518
  • Rex Ellsworth 360-378-5259
  • Sage Building Solutions 360-468-4040
  • San Juan Heating 360-317-6554
  • Streamside Renewables 360-376-6444
  • West Mechanical 360-378-5519

Another good resource for ductless heat pump contractors is: goingductless.com.

*please note, the contractors listed are familiar with OPALCO’s programs and policies. OPALCO does not endorse any contractor.

With your approval letter, you will also receive an Energy Conservation Agreement. Your next step is to review and sign the ‘Switch It Up! On-Bill Energy Conservation Agreement’ and, once the signed agreement is returned to OPALCO, you are ready to contact your contractor for installation. For all measures, the member is responsible for selecting and coordinating installation with the contractor. Once OPALCO received the signed Agreement, your contractor can do the work.

Your application (including a quote from your contractor) and project approval is valid for six months. If your application is older than six months, you may be required to complete a new application.

OPALCO may require a filing based on several criteria: 1) amount requested for project financing, 2) total balance of all active OPALCO financing, and 3) payment and credit history with OPALCO. If a filing is required, it will be noted on your project approval letter.

No, but we do record a filing with the San Juan County Clerk (must be notarized!). The actual document filed is a Notice of Meter Conservation Charge (NMCC), which is a recorded public notification that a financial obligation is attached to the metered location. While this filing does not place a lien on the homeowner’s property, the tariff charge is required to be disclosed to the subsequent home purchaser when selling the home. Since the charge stays with the home, you are required to disclose it when selling your house.