Get Energized virtual workshop from OPALCO

Learn about the Energize San Juans program for commercial and agricultural businesses

Submitted by OPALCO.

Come to a virtual workshop on June 28 at 5 p.m. to learn about the Energize San Juans program for commercial and agricultural businesses. OPALCO was awarded a grant from the USDA to provide energy audits, technical expertise and a powerful package of incentives to help businesses in San Juan County become more energy efficient.

In partnership with Sustainable Connections and the Community Energy Challenge, the “Energize the San Juans” program includes a discounted and comprehensive energy audit and a customized energy action plan that outlines recommendations for energy-saving improvements. The program can also provide a solar assessment to see how much of your energy usage could be offset by producing your own power.

Once you choose which improvements you want to complete, the team will help provide access rebates, grants, and exclusive incentives – including free LED lighting upgrades and cash rebates! The Community Energy Challenge provides expertise and energy saving incentives up to $5,000 per business; OPALCO provides rebates or on-bill financing up to $100k per membership for efficiency projects; and the team stays with you from the beginning of your project to the end – increasing your capacity and savings while reducing your stress!

Get started with an energy audit and then access:

• USDA grants available that could cover 25% of solar & energy improvements for rural businesses

• Up to $5,000 in energy saving incentives from the Community Energy Challenge – including up to $1,000 in LED light bulbs

• 26% Tax credit to offset solar panel cost

• Super discounted, low-cost energy audit for any size business

• Rebates and on-bill financing up to $100k from OPALCO

“The team at Sustainable Connections were such a great help!” said Patty Miller of Doty’s Marketplace. “They provided support and technical expertise throughout the project and

helped me get a successful REAP grant application – which covered 25% of my project.” Read about the Doty’s Marketplace project that was accomplished using this program:

Join the conversation on June 28th by registering online: You can also contact Sustainable Connections to get started today at

Orcas Power & Light Cooperative (OPALCO) is our member-owned cooperative electric utility, serving more than 11,400 members on 20 islands in San Juan County. OPALCO provides electricity that is 97% greenhouse-gas free and is generated predominantly by hydroelectric plants. OPALCO was founded in 1937. Follow OPALCO @OrcasPower on Facebook and Twitter.