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San Luis Valley Rural Electric Co-op

Welcome to SLVREC's website! We are proud to be the second oldest electric cooperative in Colorado. We serve the counties of Rio Grande, Costilla, Saguache, Alamosa, Conejos, Mineral and Hinsdale. More than 7,500 member owners work with our team for power in their homes, schools, farms and other small businesses.

We are proud to be your cooperative! Watch Powering a Vital Valley!

Cooperatives around the world generally operate according to the same core principles and values, adopted by the International Cooperative Alliance in 1995. The International Cooperative Alliance is a global membership association of co-ops and co-op support organizations. Cooperatives trace the roots of these principles to the first modern cooperative founded in Rochdale, England in 1844.

Principle #1: Voluntary and Open Membership

Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all people able to use its services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.

Principle #2: Democratic Member Control 

Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members—those who buy the goods or use the services of the cooperative—who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. 

Principle #3: Member's Economic Participation 

Members contribute equally to, and democratically control, the capital of the cooperative. This benefits members in proportion to the business they conduct with the cooperative rather than on the capital invested. 

Principle #4: Autonomy and Independence

Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If the co-op enters into agreements with other organizations or raises capital from external sources, it is done so based on terms that ensure democratic control by the members and maintains the cooperative’s autonomy.  

Principle #5: Education, Training, and Information 

Cooperatives provide education and training for members, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperative. Members also inform the general public about the nature and benefits of cooperatives. 

Principle #6: Cooperation Among Cooperatives 

Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.

Principle #7: Concern for Community

While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of communities through policies and programs accepted by the members.

contact us:

3625 US Hwy 160 W (Physical)
P.O. Box 3625 (Mailing)
Monte Vista, CO 81144

Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 7 AM to 5 PM

719-852-3538 or 800-332-7634
Phones are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To reach the Interactive Voice Payment System 24/7, call 877-760-7468.

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