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Electric News

03-Mar-2018 Final Outage Update
As of 5pm this evening, BARC crews have restored power to over 4,550 customers affected by yesterday's windstorms. We currently are showing just over 350 customers without power. Crews will be working into the evening and night to help restore electricity. We are hoping to restore everyone's pow..
As of 8:30am Saturday morning, we now have around 1,300 members without power. We have an additional 7 crews working to help with restoration efforts. We are currently projecting that power will be restored to all members by noon tomorrow. All BARC employees and additional crews will be wo..
02-Mar-2018 Outage Update
We currently have around 2,000 members that are without power at this time. The outages are widespread throughout our service territory - to see a map of our current outages please click on "Outage Map" under the Outage menu button. We have 75 servicemen in the field working to get the pow..
02-Mar-2018 Second Outage Update
As of 4:30pm, approximately 4,750 members are without power. We have ordered additional crews from out of state to assist in our restoration efforts. They will be arriving this evening and tomorrow morning. Around 2:00pm we lost Internet service at our headquarters and we currently do not ..
This afternoon, our Internet and phone service at our Millboro headquarters went down due to an outage by our service provider (hint: it's not BARC Connects...yet). Phones immediately were forwarded to our after-hours call center service, but due to the outage we were unable to process any payme..
BARC Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors recently voted to return an additional $435,000 in capital credits to the Cooperative’s member-owners. As a not-for-profit utility, the Cooperative regularly allocates any margins (revenues less expenses) back to its members in proportio..
This week, we blanketed Bath County High School in solar! When finished, BCHS will have a total of 740 panels, capable of producing over 250kW of clean, green renewable energy. Crews will soon be moving on to Millboro Elementary, which will receive 530 panels and have an installed capa..
Interstate Renewable Energy Council recognizes BARC Electric Cooperative (Millboro, Va.) The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) has named BARC Electric Cooperative’s Community Solar Project & Solar Learning Center as the Community/Shared Renewables Project of the Year. ..
Scheduled to be operational this fall, the largest school solar array in Virginia will be 100% American made. BARC Electric Cooperative (BARC) and Affordable Energy Concepts (AEC) are partnering to build over 1 MW of solar across all three schools in Bath County, Virginia. BARC and AEC prev..
BARC Electric Cooperative (BARC) is pleased to announce a groundbreaking partnership with Bath County Public Schools (BCPS) that will result in the largest public school solar array in Virginia. At a combined installed capacity of 1.11 MW (3,314 panels) spread across all three schools in Bath Co..
BARC Electric Cooperative employees joined nearly 150 utility professionals from five states at the 15th Annual Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo, held May 19-20 at Meadow Event Park in Doswell, VA. Jess Pritt, Shay McMullen, Will Reid, Cody Minter and Johnny Altizer competed in five events a..
Patronage capital payments (similar to a dividend) totaling $750,000 were issued today to BARC customer-owners. This amount is 36%, or $200,000, higher than what was issued in 2015. The checks were mailed to customers living in Bath, Rockbridge, Alleghany, Highland, and Augusta counties who ha..

Broadband News

Happy New Year BARC Connects subscribers! Fiber construction and in-home installs are really going to start ramping up now that we are through the holidays. Construction is nearly complete on the northern substation ring and crews will be shifting to service drops later this month. Yes, at ..
As you may have heard, the FCC is currently working to undo “Net neutrality.” In fact, the vote to repeal Net neutrality is scheduled for December 14. We want to take a moment to explain what this means, and to tell you why we are completely against this. What is Net neutrality..
It has now been about a month since fiber construction commenced, and we thought this was a good time to provide our subscribers with an update on how things are progressing. Our contract crews from S&N Communications have been busy building our fiber “core ring,” which wil..
19-Oct-2017 Our Contract With You
From the beginning, we designed BARC Connects to be a different kind of Internet service provider. First off, our sole focus is on providing a superior customer experience. Nothing will ever be more important to us than your satisfaction with our service. We want to share with you a 10-poin..
With construction on our fiber project starting next week, this is a quick reminder that free service drops are still available to customers in the eligible phase 1 area. The free service drop promotion will run until our service drop crews pass your location, or we run out of them, whichever c..
25-Sep-2017 Project Updates
Soft Launch on RANA We have achieved another milestone in our efforts to bring world-class Internet to your doorstep. Starting this week, BARC Connects is officially in “beta mode” on the RANA network. A small number of customers with an existing fiber drop from RANA have graci..
BARC is now underway on a major project to provide high-speed Internet, TV, and telephone service to all its members. We often discuss what we are doing, but rarely answer why we are doing it. Here is the story. First, we need quality Internet as badly as you do. The local telephone compa..
Dear BARC Connects subscribers: By far the most frequent question we get these days is "when am I getting fiber?" Everyone is very eager to get fiber-to-the-home, and we are equally as eager to bring it to you. A lot goes into creating an internet service provider from scratch, and building..
We have great news for BARC Connects' subscribers! Because so many people are choosing to bundle their Internet with phone and/or cable TV service, we are now able to increase the bundle discounts to help our subscribers save even more money. We're here to serve everybody with affordable world-c..
Our fiber-to-the-home pre-sale has officially begun! We offer two convenient ways to sign up for service before construction begins. For those who wish to self-serve online, head to our Customer Portal at http://shop.barcconnects.net, where you can review our packages and pricing and sign u..
20-Jun-2017 The Wait is Over!
We have big news. The moment we have all been waiting for is finally upon us…the BARC Connects fiber-to-the-home pre-sale will officially begin on Monday, July 10! Yes, that is right. Starting on July 10, you will be able to see pricing, select your Internet, phone, and cable TV packages,..
A lot has changed with regards to where and how we use the Internet. In the early days, if you had Internet service, it was hard wired to a single computer in your house, and companies had to install miles of CAT5 cable throughout offices, cubicles and conference rooms. Then along came wireless ..
At long last, we have cut through all the red tape and field work has begun! The first step, now underway, is to prepare the electric system for the fiber deployment. This effort is commonly referred to as "make ready" work. It entails replacing poles that may be too short, adding new guy wires, and..
Virginia Cooperative Moving Forward to Bring High-Speed Internet to Its Members BARC Electric Cooperative (BARC) is moving forward with a $66 million fiber-to-the-home project that will make high speed Internet available to both BARC and non-BARC members over the next 7-8 years. ..
Click on the following link to watch our short animated video and learn everything you ever wanted to know about signing up and supporting our fiber-to-the-home project in the City of Lexington and Rockbridge County, Virginia: https://youtu.be/hVHWY2VjKcA. Help us reach our supporter goal by sig..