Fitchburg pharmacy

March Pop-up Vaccination event thru Fitchburg Pharmacy

On Monday, March 29, the Co-op partnered with Thad Schumacher, founder and pharmacist at Fitchburg Pharmacy, to provide over 40 community members with COVID vaccinations! This pop-up vaccination location took place at Zion Faith Community in Madison, where the Co-op’s office is located.

The pharmacy continues to fulfill its mission of serving the Madison area with personal attention to individual needs.

Northwoods Solar Group Buy Benefits Communities in Northwest Wisconsin

Legacy Solar Co-op

March 26, 2021–Madison, WI

Legacy Solar Co-op is announcing the launch of its Northwoods Solar Group Buy, in collaboration with Carlson Electric. This program offers homeowners, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations across northwest Wisconsin access to solar at lower rates than they can negotiate for themselves. It also gives residents in 17 counties the easy button through a recent financing option with greenpenny, a virtual and carbon-neutral bank dedicated to financing a sustainable tomorrow.

This opportunity is being offered in the following counties: Eau Claire, Chippewa, St. Croix, Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Iron, Burnett, Washburn, Sawyer, Price, Polk, Barron, Rusk, Dunn, Taylor, Clark.

The first in a series of educational webinars to learn more about the Northwoods Solar Group Buy is on Tuesday, April 6 at 6:00pm (register here).

Join the mailing list to be notified as future webinars are scheduled.

Webinar participants will learn:

  • How to produce clean, renewable energy from the sun
  • How solar protects against rising energy costs
  • How participants reduce or even eliminate their electric bill
  • How quickly investing in solar can pay for itself
  • How solar increases property values

Communities who offer Solar Group Buy programs to their residents see many long-term benefits, including increased property values and a way to promote and support their sustainability goals. Last year LSC’s first Group Buy added over 118 kilowatts (kW) of renewable energy to Dane County communities. Since 2014, it has helped customers in Wisconsin add over 3,500 kW of solar.

The Northwoods Solar Group Buy program offers:

  • Education on the benefits of solar and how the Group Buy works
  • Discounted prices from pre-approved and vetted local vendors
  • Support for participants during the evaluation process
  • Financing at competitive rates

For participants, the cost savings for installing solar through the group buy are in addition to the extended 26% Federal Tax Incentive and Focus on Energy rebates. And new this year, Legacy Solar Co-op expects to see the number of program participants grow dramatically because of a financing options available with greenpenny. Greenpenny is a virtual and carbon-neutral bank dedicated to sustainable financing that is located in the Midwest, and serves residents, businesses, non-profits and farmers.

“Usually, folks are on their own when installing and financing a solar project,” states greenpenny V.P., Jason MacDuff. “Participating in Legacy Solar Co-op’s program makes it easier to gain the benefits of renewable energy generation. Whether you want to install a solar system for its climate stewardship, its economic upside, or both, greenpenny is available to help finance these projects.”

Founded in 1977 by Dale and Karen Carlson, Carlson Electric is a family business that serves the Hayward, WI and surrounding areas with five-star electrical and solar energy services.

Legacy Solar Co-op’s mission is to expand the use of solar in Wisconsin. The Northwoods Solar Group Buy is just one of the ways the co-op helps Wisconsin residents achieve reliable, affordable, renewable energy.

To register for upcoming webinars or to learn more, please visit the Northwoods Solar Group Buy page or contact Peter Fiala, below.

Contact:
Peter Fiala
Group Buy Coordinator
Legacy Solar Cooperative
www.legacysolarcoop.org
peter@legacysolarcoop.org
608-443-7820

Peter Fiala

 

The 2021 Dane County Solar Group Buy Will Benefit Communities And You

Legacy Solar Co-op

March 21, 2021–Madison, WI

Legacy Solar Co-op is announcing the launch of its Dane County Solar Group Buy, endorsed by the Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change and in collaboration with selected installers, Full Spectrum Solar and Midwest Solar Power, LLC. This program offers homeowners, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations across Dane County access to solar from vetted installers at lower rates than they can negotiate for themselves. It also gives Dane County residents the easy button through a recent financing option with greenpenny, a virtual and carbon-neutral bank dedicated to financing a sustainable tomorrow.

The first in a series of educational webinars to learn more about the Dane County Solar Group Buy is on Tuesday, April 13 at 6:00pm (register here). Webinar participants will learn:

  • How to produce clean, renewable energy from the sun
  • How solar protects against rising energy costs
  • How participants reduce or even eliminate their electric bill
  • How quickly investing in solar can pay for itself
  • How solar increases property values

Communities who offer Solar Group Buy programs to their residents see many long-term benefits, including increased property values and a way to promote and support their sustainability goals. Last year LSC’s first Group Buy added over 118 kilowatts (kW) of renewable energy to Dane County communities. Since 2014, it has helped customers in Wisconsin add over 3,500 kW of solar.

For participants, the cost savings for installing solar through the group buy are in addition to the extended 26% Federal Tax Incentive and Focus on Energy rebates. And new this year, Legacy Solar Co-op expects to see the number of program participants grow dramatically thanks to financing options available with greenpenny.

The Dane County Solar Group Buy program offers:

  • Education on the benefits of solar and how the Group Buy works
  • Discounted prices from pre-approved and vetted local vendors
  • Support for participants during the evaluation process
  • Financing at competitive rates

Since 2002, Full Spectrum Solar has connected over 850 homes and dozens of commercial buildings, with many repeat customers.

Midwest Solar Power, LLC is a full service electrical contracting firm, based in Madison, that has been installing solar electric systems in southern Wisconsin since 2009.

Legacy Solar Co-op’s mission is to expand the use of solar in Wisconsin. The Dane County Solar Group Buy is just one of the ways the co-op helps Wisconsin residents achieve reliable, affordable, renewable energy.

To register for the upcoming webinar or to learn more, please visit our Solar Group Buy page or contact Peter Fiala, below.

Contact:
Peter Fiala
Group Buy Coordinator
Legacy Solar Cooperative
www.legacysolarcoop.org
peter@legacysolarcoop.org
608-443-7820

Peter Fiala

 

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2021 Will Be Twice As Busy For Projects

St. Johns Lutheran Church in Oregon, WI

St. Johns Lutheran Church in Oregon, WI

Post 2/26/21

2021 will likely be twice as busy for the Co-op as was 2020, but we are ready to take it on, and more!  The following are at various stages of development.  To get your community institution to show up on this list, please contact Kurt@legacysolarcoop.org.

  • Several Wisconsin-based Humane Societies — Let us know your favorite one and we’ll try to get a solar project started there this year!
  • Several Churches — Some started in 2020 but due to the pandemic, many were delayed.  Let us know if your church could use solar!
  • Multiple Schools — Both parochial and public schools are on the docket for 2021 Solar Legacy projects.  Is your school district open to solar?
  • Municipalities — Some old, some new.  Since Kurt’s talk with the Green Tier Legacy Communities, more cities, villages, and counties are looking at solar.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs — One is voting this week on a Solar Legacy project; hopefully, others will follow suit.  Do you know anyone at your local Boys & Girls Club?
  • Affordable Housing Developments — We are working with multiple housing groups to help to save residents electricity by using solar to offset utility payments.
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LSC’s Membership Committee

Posted 2/26/21

My name is Jackie Harrison-Jewell. This year, I have taken on the formal role of Membership Coordinator for Legacy Solar Co-op, with the task of growing our membership to include even more Wisconsin individuals, families and businesses interested in solar.

As you may know, Legacy Solar Co-op is member-owned, and since our beginning, we’ve grown steadily in membership from 18 members in 2014 to 215 members today. Our members offer insight and community connection and we appreciate every one of you for the role you’ve played in making the Co-op what it is today. We also know that steady growth in membership is one of the ways we can make a real impact on the solar and renewable energy work being done here in Wisconsin. Read more

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500,000 Wisconsinites Eligible for Our First Solar Group Buy of the Season

Posted 2/26/21

We are in the process of organizing our second Solar Group Buy that will be available to all Dane County residents, businesses and nonprofits throughout 2021.

A Solar Group Buy is a program for reducing solar energy installation costs for businesses and residences sharing a common bond, in this case Dane County. We work with installers to be able to pass on significantly more savings to the customer than if they installed solar on their own. Read more

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Co-op Presents to Green Tier Legacy Communities

Posted 2/6/21

Green Tier Legacy Communities are municipalities and counties across the state that are actively building their sustainable capacity. Led by the important work of 1000 Friends of Wisconsin and other partners, and now coordinated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), this program now includes over 25 communities and counties across the state.

Legacy Solar Co-op is happy to present to this group on its tax financing for solar systems in February, 2021. We hope this will strengthen our partnerships with municipalities and counties in Wisconsin. Learn more on tax financing and our other consulting services.

 

2020 by the Numbers

2020 By the Numbers

Posted 1/28/21

Despite COVID being an obstacle, the co-op grew in many respects, as represented by the numbers below. We look forward to 2021 being another year of growth in the number of memberships and projects, in addition to the expansion of the Switch 2 Solar (S2S) offset and solar group buy programs.

View the full 2020 Annual Report or any of the images below to learn about each program.

On the Topic of Solar Offsets

Posted 12/31/20

Re-Development of the Switch2Solar (S2S) Program in 2021

For the past few months, a focus-group within the co-op has been meeting to redevelop its S2S Program, which coordinates purchases of solar kWhs (kilowatt hours) in the form of RECs (renewable energy credits) from local solar producers. Recent purchases like the ones highlighted below allow the co-op to offer homeowners and businesses these offsets for their energy use, and collectively pave the way to grow more solar in Wisconsin. Read more

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Congress Passes Solar Tax Credit Extension

Posted 12/31/20

On Monday, December 21st, Congress passed a bill that includes $35 billion for energy research and development and a two-year extension of the 26% Federal Investment Tax Credit for solar projects. These funds are part of the $1.4 trillion federal spending and tax extension package negotiated by congressional leaders, which is in addition to a $900 billion relief package for Americans, businesses and for Coronavirus vaccine distribution. President Trump signed the bill late Sunday night.

Read more here.