Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric





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Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric and other electric companies are urging everyone to be cautious when using the new "Pokémon Go" app and to stay away from all electrical facilities.

The app uses buildings and landmarks as gathering sites for players. The electric cooperatives learned there is discussion that players can catch electric-type Pokémon near substations and transformers.

Electrical equipment is very dangerous and should not be considered gaming locations. Electric companies urge gamers, customers and the public to stay away from substations, all power lines and equipment on utility poles and underground electrical facilities commonly identifiable as those green boxes in neighborhood yards.

Never attempt to enter substations, go over a fence or climb utility poles to try and reach transformers. Serious injury or death can occur.

If someone sees activity where a person is trying to get into a substation or climb an electrical pole, you are encouraged to call 9-1-1 first, and then SWCE’s office at 507-451-7340.




The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has launched a major initiative to enhance voter engagement. The goal of the “Co-ops Vote” campaign is to boost voter turnout in areas served by cooperatives by encouraging electric co-op employees and their consumer members to exercise one of their most basic rights—the right to vote.


“America’s electric cooperatives are leaders in the communities they serve throughout the country with a powerful sense of their civic duty,” said NRECA Interim CEO Jeffrey Connor. “Co-ops Vote focuses elected leaders on the people who are most invested in the success of their own communities.  With 42 million members across the nation, electric co-ops are a powerful voice on national issues that have a local impact.  We want to be sure that voice is always heard, especially on Election Day.”


Go to to sign up to view election deadlines, candidate information for state and federal elections, and register to vote.




Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric has contracted the services of Accu Line Surveying & Mapping to conduct a mapping upgrade to the co-op’s service territory.  Accu Line will be visiting each of our service locations within the next three years to complete the project.   Their access will be limited to SWCE’s power lines, poles, meters and transformers. 






SWCE Introduces Solar Panel Program


Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric (SWCE) has constructed a 250-panel solar array on the property of the co-op’s headquarters in Owatonna.


An innovative approach to community solar has been developed to drive down the up-front cost for SWCE members to participate. The Sunna (pronounced SOO-nah) Project allows any member to subscribe to the solar community program, and in return, be allocated the energy produced by their subscribed panel(s) to offset their monthly electric bill. To participate in The Sunna Project, members need to subscribe for (1) 410-watt solar panel for $170, and participate in the co-op’s 16-hour Storage Water Heater program.


SWCE members, who wish to subscribe for a solar panel, but not participate in The Sunna Project, can pay $1,225 for their panel and also earn the subscribed energy production allocation. Any member wishing to subscribe for additional panels will pay $1,225 per panel.  Members are limited to subscribing to 20 panels or the equivalent number of panels that would produce their average annual energy usage, whichever is less.  The Sunna Project at SWCE is being promoted by The Minnesota Project, a non-profit group that promotes sustainability, go to  to read their article..



 Click here for additional information FAQ link (.pdf).

 Click here for SWCE’s SolarWise Community Solar Agreement (.pdf).

 Click here for SWCE’s SolarWise Production Units - Transfer Agreement (.pdf).








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                                                   YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE


If I told you that for as little as 7 cents per day you could help ensure that the voice of Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric, the company you own, would remain strong in St. Paul and Washington DC, would you be interested?


That is all it takes to join with hundreds of your SWCE neighbors, your SWCE Board of Directors, SWCE employees, and tens of thousands of your fellow rural electric cooperative member/owners nation-wide who belong to ACRE®, (Action Committee for Rural Electrification, Co-op Owners for Political Action).


ACRE® only supports candidates for State and Federal offices, regardless of political affiliation, who will speak for you and protect your interests and those of your fellow consumer/owners.  You own this company and, obviously, it is in your best interest to help elect candidates who will work for you and your neighbors to keep your cooperative successful.   Our goal is to continue to provide you with safe, dependable and affordable electric power.  Together, as a team, we can make a difference.  


It is very easy to enroll. Simply fill out this PDF, (Portable Document Format).   We will include that 7 cents per day, ($2.08 per month), on your monthly electric bill for your convenience. 


Please help us secure the future of your electric cooperative and the families it serves.



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