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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 up to 5% 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


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Now is the Time to get Involved in a Solar Group Buy!

Why now? As we respond to dozens of interested homeowners, businesses and nonprofits, we are cognizant that installer schedules are filling up. It may be April (almost May) now, but soon enough you may have to wait several months, or even until 2022 to have your system installed. We also want to make sure you take advantage of group buy pricing. As materials costs rise, so do installation costs.

What can you do next?

Visit our solar group buy webpage, where you can:

  • Fill out an assessment form today and we’ll send you a custom solar report that outlines:
    • If your property is a likely candidate for solar,
    • A maximized system size based on how much energy you use and your utility
    • Ballpark estimate of the cost of your array.
    • A simple financial analysis with annual estimated cash flows of system vs. reduced monthly utility bills, factoring in the cost of financing (if applicable)
  • Attend an upcoming live webinar or view our pre-recorded webinar, where you’ll 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

Contact Peter Fiala at peter@legacysolarcoop.org or 608-443-7820 and ask him all the questions you’d like!

Spread the word. Word of mouth is one of the best ways to get a message across. Whether you’ve installed solar or not, you can help all of us generate more collective power from the sun.

The Northwoods Solar Group Buy is in collaboration with Carlson Electric, a member installer. Homeowners, businesses, and nonprofit organizations in the following counties in northwest Wisconsin: Eau Claire, Chippewa, St. Croix, Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Iron, Burnett, Washburn, Sawyer, Price, Polk, Barron, Rusk, Dunn, Taylor, Clark.

The Dane County Solar Group Buy is endorsed by the Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change and is in collaboration with member installers, Full Spectrum Solar and Midwest Solar Power, LLC.

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Announcing Legacy’s Refer-a-Friend Membership Drive

Thank you so much for being a part of Legacy Solar Co-op!

As a member-owned cooperative, we depend on you to help us achieve our mission of building a solar legacy for Wisconsin. Your support has already helped us:

  • Provide unique funding for more than 20 solar projects involving nonprofit organizations and offer consulting advice to many more
  • Start a group buy program focusing on solar for homeowners and small businesses
  • Help make over 2 megawatts of solar power a reality for Wisconsin residents, organizations and communities

To continue this good work we need to continue to expand our membership. You can help (and maybe win a prize) by encouraging new memberships.

The contest is simple. For every referral that becomes a member of the Legacy Solar Co-op, you receive one entry in a drawing to win $100. The more successful referrals, the more chances you have to win!

There will also be a prize (TBA) for the person who gets the most new members to join.

The contest goes through Thursday, June 10, 2021. To have a referral count towards an entry, they must join Legacy Solar Co-op and indicate your name (and business name if applicable) in the referral comment field of the application.

Are you ready? Click below for more information. Good luck and thank you!

ENTER TO WIN

Elise Couillard

Meet Elise Couillard, S2S Coordinator at Legacy Solar Co-op

Elise CouillardElise Couillard has recently become the Switch 2 Solar (S2S) Coordinator with Legacy Solar Co-op. She is also currently the Treasurer for the Couillard Solar Foundation.

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 or watching wildlife. Elise holds a BS in Biology and Psychology and a MSc in Biology, and will always love field research and behavioral ecology. Ultimately, she centers much of what she does around making a positive impact on earth and having a small carbon footprint.

Read more about the S2S Program.

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1.25 Million Wisconsinites Now Eligible for Two Solar Group Buys

The Northwoods Solar Group Buy is in collaboration with Carlson Electric, a member installer. Homeowners, businesses, and nonprofit organizations in the following counties in northwest Wisconsin: Eau Claire, Chippewa, St. Croix, Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Iron, Burnett, Washburn, Sawyer, Price, Polk, Barron, Rusk, Dunn, Taylor, Clark.

The Dane County Solar Group Buy is endorsed by the Dane County Office of Energy and Climate Change and is in collaboration with member installers, Full Spectrum Solar and Midwest Solar Power, LLC.

Growing solar in Wisconsin starts with folks in communities like yours who are passionate about renewable energy or energy independence and are looking for ways to act.

Here are a few ways you can help spread the word about this opportunity:

1.) If you’re not familiar with solar group buys, attend a live- or pre-recorded webinar. Webinar participants will learn:

  • How we 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

REGISTER HERE to attend the first Northwoods Solar Group Buy webinar, Tuesday, April 6 from 6:00-6:45pm.

REGISTER HERE to attend the first Dane County Solar Group Buy webinar, Tuesday, April 13 from 6:00-6:45pm.

2.) Spread the word. Word of mouth is one of the best ways to get a message across. Whether you’ve installed solar or not, you can help all of us generate more collective power from the sun.

How?

  • Pass this information to a friend, family member or neighbor who may be interested.
  • Ask that information about our solar group buys be posted on your municipality’s or community group’s website or newsletter.
  • Post about the group buy to your social media platforms.

And new this year, Legacy Solar Co-op expects to see the number of program participants grow dramatically because of a financing option 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.

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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