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. 

New Service

We appreciate our members, so we make it simple to do business with Sand Mountain Electric Cooperative. For your convenience, we have included the information needed to establish service below.  Download the necessary form and fill them out prior to visiting our office to help the process go quicker.

Downloadable Documents:

  1. Membership Requirements
  2. Right of Way Easement Form
  3. Line Extension Policy Summary
  4. Residential Service Wire Diagrams
  5. Three Phase Service Application

Please feel free to contact our engineering department with additional questions. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

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Transfer or Disconnect Service

New members interested in getting a meter set within the Sand Mountain Electric Cooperative service area must make that request in person at the co-op office in Rainsville.

The required information needed is a photo identification card, social security number, meter number and billing address for the location.

Existing members may call the co-op office to request a transfer of service. Information on file must be verified and member must have the meter number and billing address for the new location.

Members may call the co-op office to request a disconnection of service. Information on file must be verified and a final billing address must be given at the time of the request.

No requests for electricity transfers or disconnects are taken through the web site at this time. As always, call the co-op office for more information.