Membership Requirements

We recommend that all customers requiring a new electrical service or upgrading an existing one contact our engineering department before construction starts.

The first step to establishing a new service with Sand Mountain Electric Cooperative (SMEC) is to come into the office in Rainsville to apply for membership, which is $25 and pay a meter deposit that will be determined by our consumer accounts department. The membership and deposit must be paid prior to setting up a meeting with a field engineer. For those who already have a membership, a meter deposit is required for each meter that SMEC sets.

If there has never been electricity before at the location where service is needed, please provide the meter number of the closest neighbor to the location.

The maximum overhead service is 100 feet. If service is more than 100 feet, please make an appointment with a SMEC field engineer to determine if a pole must be set.

When an appointment is needed the SMEC field engineer will visit the site and determine if poles are needed and how many. The engineer will also spot the meter base location. After all aid to construction fees are paid, necessary paper work received and the engineer has completed the work order, the job is forwarded to the operations department for scheduling.