the island way

What we share is stronger than what we face

Determining our own energy future


What will it mean in the coming years, to sustain our island communities? To recognize change and find our way through it? Where will we find the power we need? Only here, only in ourselves. This is the task that has come to us. But we aren’t alone. We have the advantage of the most advanced energy technology on the planet—if we choose to seize it. We have a utility model that’s equal parts cooperation and independence—if we choose to trust it, and magnify its strengths. And we have a long-standing habit of thinking off the coast of the expected—if we choose to unite and use it to shape the future we want.

Attend one of our Island Way Workshops to learn how OPALCO members can be prepared. Details at  Island Way sessions are interactive hour-long sessions designed to help members get the information and support they need to prepare for a sustainable energy future. Topics include EVs, Ductless Heat Pump efficiency, our on-bill financing program, solar in the San Juans and how to better monitor your energy usage.

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    Switch It Up!

    Reduce your overall energy usage by switching to electricity!

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    Electric Vehicles

    Find all about Electric Vehicles and why you can switch today

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    Community Solar

    New project coming in 2021. Microgrids are the future.

Co-op Members Making a Difference

  • OPALCO’s EV Happy Deal Makes Happy Drivers

    Island drivers are loving their electric vehicles (EVs) this summer, especially the more than twenty OPALCO members who have purchased a used EV through the EV Happy Deal. Funded by a grant from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, the EV Happy Deal gives Co-op members a free EV charger (including installation up to $2,500), pays the WA tab fees and sales … Continue reading

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  • Ductless Heat Pumps

    OPALCO members are making the super efficiency switch to Ductless Heat Pumps! Many are utilizing our on-bill financing program to start saving now (no money down) while paying for the project over ten years. These highly efficient systems save homeowners up to 50% on their energy usage for heating – year-round and for the life of the project – up to 20 years. … Continue reading

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  • Doty’s Marketplace Goes Solar!

    Patty Miller moved to Orcas Island in 1971 when her family bought a small seasonal diner and turned it into one of the few year-round restaurants on the island. You knew it as the A-1. One building became two, then three and four: the “compound” has grown and evolved over the years as the needs of the community have changed. … Continue reading

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The Island Way Podcast

Check out Season One of The Island Way podcast where we introduce our Island Way campaign and share how members can get involved.

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    Episode 1: Community Solar

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    Episode 2: The Island Way Campaign