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Solar Legacy Projects

Solar Legacy Projects are solar energy installations built on community institutions like schools, libraries, or churches. They have been designed and built by local stakeholders.  We call them “legacy” projects because solar generates pollution-free electricity for the community and future generations long after it’s installed –– often 30 years or more. 

You too can help support these projects through our Slice of Sun Solar Bonds program.  Any member can earn between 3% and 5% interest on their bonds purchased through the co-op. Your contribution by purchasing solar bonds allows us to help finance these community projects. After 7 years a bond holder can receive a dividends payment or choose to reinvest at a higher interest rate.  

So even if you live in the shade you can actively help grow solar energy in Wisconsin!  Learn more about the Slice of Sun Solar Bonds program

St. Joseph's Convent (The School Sisters of St. Francis) Rooftop

Community Solar: School Sisters of St. Francis

The School Sisters of St. Francis are an international community of Catholic sisters who unite with others to build a just and peaceful world. Founded in 1874, the organization has more than 1,000 sisters, associates, staff, donors and volunteers actively working to address the needs of those who are poor and marginalized by society. Their sites are located in the United States, Europe, Latin America and India. St. Joseph’s Convent in Milwaukee is one of nine sponsored or co-sponsored sites in the U.S.

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T.B. Scott Free Library

Community Solar: The T.B. Scott Free Library

The T.B. Free Scott Library serves the Merrill area through traditional and innovative services, connecting people to their community and the world. It promotes reading, supports lifelong learning, ensures free and open access to ideas, and provides opportunities for recreation.

The Library has employed both high and low tech ways to save energy for many years, so going solar is just another step in becoming more environmentally friendly and making taxpayer dollars stretch further. Read more

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Housing Initiatives of Madison

Housing Initiatives is a Madison nonprofit organization that has been providing peace, hope, and shelter for Madison area men, women, and veterans for over 20 years.

The Challenge

Housing Initiatives own several buildings throughout Madison to give their clients a safe, warm place to call home. Residents use a lot of electricity because they are home often and at a variety of times. Energy for heating and lighting is a significant recurring expense.

In the summer of 2016, a supporter of Housing Initiatives (and of solar power) approached Legacy Solar Co-op to see if we could facilitate a solar project on some of their units.   Read more

Willy Street Co-op East

Willy Street Grocery Co-op East

LSC has signed a contract with Willy Street Grocery Co-op to add 20 kilowatts of solar to the roof of their east side store (on Willy Street), as well as 214 LED lamps to replace the fluorescents now being operated for 15 hours a day. Between the LED retro-fits and the solar, we plan to save Willy Street over 40,000 kilowatt-hours per year in MGE-supplied power. Read more

Union Cab of Madison

Union Cab of Madison

Union Cab of Madison Cooperative is worker owned and operated. They added solar to their mechanics shop in 2012, and have since talked about expanding that 5 kilowatts to power their operations on their main administration building, at 2458 Pennsylvania Avenue, on the east side of Madison.

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Zion Lutheran Solar Energy Project

Zion ELCA is located one the east side of Madison in the Atwood-Starkweather creek neighborhood, near Schenks corners. The solar and energy efficiency project was completed in January of 2015 by Solar Connections and Sustainable Solar’s Lincoln Tice. The Legacy Solar Co-op helped provide technical support and set up project financing for the church. Read more

Trinity Lutheran

Trinity Lutheran Church

Legacy Solar Co-op and Trinity Lutheran Church, 1901 Winnebago Street, started working together on solar and LED energy savings in 2014. Our project on the south facing roof of this beautiful limestone church located on the corner of 1st Street and Winnebago in the Atwood neighborhood of Madison’s east side.

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Monona Library

City of Monona

The City of Monona, in south-central Wisconsin, is the first to take advantage of Solar Connections’ Solar Services Agreement, which will yield 10’s of thousands of dollars in reduced operational expense for the City in the first several years of this program.  After year 6, the City has the option to buy out the assets at a depreciated value, and own 100% of the system for the remaining 19 years of the equipment’s 25 year warranty. Read more