...1991 - Present

Co-op Signs 20-Year Contract with Bonneville Power

OPALCO signed a record 20-year, full-requirement contract with Bonneville Power for supplying power, locking into a tiered rate structure that guaranteed the Co-op its full share of clean hydro-power … Read More

Green Power Incentive Program Launched

May 2011: A group of OPALCO members form a committee to build a new Green Power Program and M.O.R.E. (Member Owned Renewable Energy) is launched to provide incentives … Read More

Third Electric Vehicle Added to Fleet

OPALCO purchased a Nissan LEAF, a 100% battery-powered, zero-emission electric vehicle for OPALCO business. Electric Vehicle charging stations on San Juan, Lopez and Orcas Island are updated to … Read More

The Broadband Expansion: Island Network Considers Islands-Wide Service

2011- 2012:  OPALCO began to study expanding its fiber infrastructure to provide broadband (high-speed Internet) services to its members.

Island Network Spreads into Town Centers

The fiber infrastructure expanded into Eastsound and Lopez Village areas for greater business access to Island Network services.

Island Network Beefs-Up Back-Up, Signs on Medical Clinics

OPALCO built its own redundant microwave backup system covering Friday Harbor, Eastsound, and Bellingham for its fiber infrastructure. Medical centers on Lopez and Orcas Islands subscribed to Island … Read More

OPALCO Awards Banquet – 2007

Dismantling of Old Diesel Generators: 2007- 2010

After the laying of submarine power cables to the mainland in the 1950s, OPALCO’s old deisel generators fell into disuse.  Several were maintained for a few decades as back-up … Read More

Island Network Expands to Serve Selected Large Users

OPALCO began providing Island Network Internet services and advanced Ethernet services to a limited number of public organizations and targeted businesses.  San Juan County subscribed to the first … Read More

Island Network Goes Live

The fiber connection to OPALCO’s Eastsound office was completed, and OPALCO began transporting all data traffic over its own fiber-optic system.  Installations at the Washington State Ferry terminals, … Read More