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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


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