Meet the Team
Legacy Solar Co-op (LSC) is fortunate to have a team of individuals with a diverse level of expertise in all subjects solar. A core team of staff manage day to day operations of the co-op, its projects, the bond program, its consulting efforts and the Switch2Solar Program. Board members meet to recommend strategies that will help continue to make the co-op sustainable and fulfill its mission of growing solar in Wisconsin. Any LSC member is eligible to serve on the board of directors. For more information, contact us.
Managing Director, Chief Executive and President, LSC
Kurt has experience working in and with many cooperatives over the years, as well as with an international CPA firm that has developed over $3 Billion in energy projects. He has developed solar projects for over 30 community institutions with LSC. So far, Kurt has raised over one million dollars in Slice of Sun Solar Bonds and continues to provide the backbone for the Co-op’s tax financing model for developing community solar in Wisconsin.
Director of Business Development, LSC
For 20 years Tony has been a nanotech and clean energy entrepreneur. He has developed, promoted and sold renewable energy products, services and technologies, many associated with the U.W. – Madison. He has led environmental research teams, been an instructor at Madison College, performed grant reviews for the National Science Foundation and organized cooperatives and trade associations. He joined Legacy Solar Co-op in 2016 and has been a project developer for several megawatts of solar for both non-profit and commercial enterprise.
Solar Advisor, LSC
Elise Couillard consults with Legacy Solar Cooperative and is particularly interested in solar for conservation organizations and agrivoltaic/solar plus growing systems. Elise earned her Master’s in Biology and has always been interested in the wildlife and environmental science fields. She began applying her knowledge and really becoming acquainted with solar energy as the Treasurer of the Couillard Solar Foundation. Elise has always enjoyed communicating about science and presenting about topics she is passionate about. When Elise isn’t promoting solar, reducing food waste and pulling recyclable items out of the trash, you may find her working on her tiny house on wheels. Ultimately, she centers much of what she does around making a positive impact on earth and reducing her carbon footprint.
Group Buy Coordinator & Vice President, LSC
Peter has been with Legacy Solar Co-op since 2018 and coordinates many administrative functions of the co-op, including its bond and loan program, system monitoring, project management, grant-writing and office tasks. Historically, he has overseen the co-op’s Solar Group Buy program and continues to work with residents to realize their solar goals. Since graduating from UW-Madison, he has been an avid volunteer or board member in local and environmental organizations, including WORT Radio and Rooted/Troy Farm.
A digital marketing consultant, she began working with Legacy Solar Co-op in its first year to build our website, set up online membership forms, and develop marketing campaigns. Celeste has many years of experience working with small businesses and not-for-profits. Before forming her business, Dandelion Web Marketing and Consulting she was in charge of Internet marketing for the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies.
In her current role as an energy consultant at Arch Solar, she says, “I’m learning so much about the hurdles that residents and small businesses face when they choose to go solar. I hope to be able to further connect individuals with resources and information to make that transition to solar possible. As a concerned parent and Wisconsinite, it has never been a more critical time to have all hands on deck to help as many folks as possible make the switch to clean, renewable energy.”
Steve has worked in commercial banking for more than 40 years, primarily in the areas of treasury management, strategic planning, and sales management & tactics. He has previously served as Senior Advisor to the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and as an international speaker/educator for the Association for Finance Professionals (AFP). He held both NASD and SEC licenses at supervisory and Principal levels and was the primary author of the Best Practice for Financial Fraud Detection and Protection for the GFOA. Steve currently lives in Delafield Wisconsin and is active on the Board of a local non-profit service provider.