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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 4% and 6% interest on their bonds purchased through the co-op. Your contribution by purchasing solar bonds allows us to help finance these community projects. You can choose to keep your interest or donate it to a non-profit of your choosing, or event donate the entire bond to a non-profit. Or, you can include your bond in your estate planning. Lots of ways to go green, to earn green, and to help community organizations! 

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


Willow Creek Ranch

Solar Contractor: 
North Wind Renewable Energy

Willow Creek Ranch, a certified organic farm run by the Ofte family for the past four generations that provides free-range beef, poultry and pork products. Located in Coon Valley in Wisconsin’s Driftless Region, animals on the farm are raised by natural ranching, a way to give animals as free a range as possible. The ranch also offers eco-vacations, a way to get the true farm experience.

The Challenge

 

Solar Solution

This is a 29.4 kW pitched standing seam metal roof array.

Funding

This project was financed in part through the “Solar Powered Farms” initiative with Wisconsin Farmers Union and Farmers Union Enterprises. North Wind Renewable Energy Cooperative is the principal solar contractor for the initiative. Legacy Solar Co-op provided project consulting and finance assistance which allowed the owner of Willow Creek Ranch to invest roughly 60% into his own project, with financing to complete the project costs.

Progress

Financing was completed by March 2018, and installation started mid-April 2018.  This exciting project was commissioned the week of May 14, 2018.

The Legacy

 

Slice of Sun Solar Bonds

Legacy Solar Co-op sells Slice-of-Sun Solar Bonds to any member who would like to support a Solar Legacy project and earn between 4% and 6% interest on their bonds purchased through the co-op.

These bond subscriptions help secure the solar project, generate earnings for member bondholder, or can be donated at any time as a tax-deductible donation to a participating non-profit host site for a solar project. For example, a local church is currently enjoying a portion of the energy savings (over $3,000 a year), but the more bonds the Church owns, the more energy savings they get to keep for their own parish’s budget. Everybody saves and earns and benefits from the good that is being done thanks to the solar project.You can buy Slice-of-Sun Solar Bonds that earn interest for as little as $250. Or you can sponsor as many full solar panels as you’d like for $500 each. Sponsorship can be direct donations to a participating non-profit or through the purchase of bonds that are then gifted to the non-profit of your choosing.

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Beth Israel Center

* LSC Member

Solar Contractor: Sunvest

A traditional, egalitarian synagogue in Madison, Wisconsin, Member Beth Israel Center is a vibrant and diverse community of 260 families — a caring, spiritual home that is alive with celebration, learning, prayer and a commitment to tikkun olam.  Read more

City of Fitchburg Installation at City Hall

City of Fitchburg

City of Fitchburg Logo

Solar Contractor:
Arch Electric Logo

The City of Fitchburg is committed to renewable energy, having installed solar panels on the roofs of their buildings starting in 2009. LSC provided site assessments, City staff support, financial cost and benefit projections, RFP support, and public meeting testimony for the solar project that led to adding almost 1,000 panels (362 kW) to the West Fire Station, City Hall, Public Works Maintenance Facility and the Fitchburg Public Library. The project added about 452,000 kWh of renewable electricity. Read more

Breitenmoser Family Farm

* LSC Member

Solar Contractor:
North Wind Renewable Energy

Member Breitenmoser Family Farm, located in Merrill, is owned and operated by Hans Jr. and Katie Breitenmoser and has been in operation for the last two generations. The Breitenmosers are strong supporters of renewable agriculture in family run farms and rural communities, this not being their first solar installation. They also supported the TB Scott Library project as bondholders and are members of the Wisconsin Farmers Union. Read more

General Beverage Rooftop

General Beverage

Solar Contractor:
Midwest Solar Power

General Beverage Companies (GB) is one of the largest wholesale distributors of wine, distilled spirits, beer and non-alcoholic beverages in Wisconsin, servicing over 11,400 licensed beverage retailers throughout Wisconsin. The company is headquartered in Fitchburg and also has locations in Barron, Chippewa Falls, La Crosse, Little Chute, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, and Stevens Point. LSC worked with GB to start generating 18-20% of their power from solar. Read more

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

School Sisters of St. Francis

* LSC Member

Solar Contractor:
Arch Electric Logo

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. Read more

T.B. Scott Free Library

The T.B. Scott Free Library

* LSC Member

Solar Contractor:
North Wind Renewable Energy

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

First building

Housing Initiatives of Madison

* LSC Member

Solar Contractor:
Full Spectrum Solar logo

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 Member

Solar Contractor:
Full Spectrum Solar logo

LSC helped Willy Street Grocery Co-op 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, which operate at 15 hours a day. Between the LED retro-fits and the solar, Willy Street saves over 40,000 kilowatt-hours per year in MGE-supplied power. Read more