Willy Street Co-op East

Two open house events at Willy Street Co-op East

June 27 & 29, 2016

LSC coordinated an Open House Bond Sales Event on Monday, June 27 and Wednesday, June 29, 2016 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Community Room at Willy East’s store. Attendees learned more about supporting solar and investing in member bonds through the Legacy Solar Co-op. Solar Bonds to fund the new rooftop solar at Willy East’s store were sold to Members of the Legacy Solar Co-op. Willy Street will use the energy savings from the solar and from the 214 LED lights to pay the Legacy Solar Co-op’s bondholders up to 6% interest on Bonds used to capitalize LSC’s solar loan fund.

Our solar loans are securitized by the value of the solar assets on the roof so this Legacy Solar Co-op is a safe and reliable way to share in the benefits of solar energy.

Join the Legacy Solar Co-op and Share a Slice-of-Sun with the Willy Co-op today and earn a decent return by investing in sunshine!

Don Wickert on Rooftop of Willy Street Co-op East

Willy Street Grocery Co-op East

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LOCATION: Madison, WI   |   CAPACITY: 20 kW   |   COMPLETION DATE: July 2016
SOLAR CONTRACTOR:
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Lights at Willy Street Co-op EastLSC 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. This will result in over 33 metric tons of carbon-dioxide avoided emissions per year, and over 25 years roughly 20 million gallons of water conserved!

“Sustainability is a central tenet of our organization’s mission and desired impact, best expressed by our mandate to nourish and enrich our environment. Through the installation and use of a solar array, we not only produce clean, renewable energy but reduce our dependence on less sustainable energy sources that contribute to climate change. As a cooperative, we are proud to meet the needs of our ownership, our community, and our planet, and going solar is a great opportunity to do that.”

– Ben Becker, Executive Assistant

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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 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


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Sauk Area Solar Committee Public Talk

The Sauk Area Solar Committee of the Legacy Solar Co-op hosted a public talk Saturday, January 30th, 2016 at the Ruth Culver Prairie du Sac Library in front of over 70 members of the public!  Trang Donovan of Unlimited Renewable Energy (URE) gave a very good technical overview of the process to put solar on a rooftop.  Tyler Huebner of RENEW Wisconsin gave a great little talk on the state of solar development in Wisconsin.

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Renew Energy Policy Summit

News from the 2016 RENEW Wisconsin Energy Policy Summit

The 2016 RENEW Wisconsin Energy Policy Summit was held at the Monona Terrace January 21st and was well attended with renewable energy advocates and policy experts from all over Wisconsin.  Vermont’s Green Mountain Power was represented in the form of the keynote speaker and GMP CEO Mary Powell.  Under her leadership, there have been very impressive results switching from old to new energy systems, and most impressive is the solar portfolio tipping 30% of their peak demand!  Here’s a link for more on Green Mountain Power. Read more

Renew Wisconsin 2016

January 21, 2016

Legacy Solar Co-op tabled at Renew Wisconsin’s 6th annual Energy Policy Summit, held at the Monona Terrace in downtown Madison on Thursday, January 21, 2016.  LSC’s Executive Director, Kurt Reinhold, and Treasurer, Mark Warnick, along with member John Eric Allen, attended.

Union Cab of Madison shared a table with LSC and help promote the sale of Co-op Bonds for their 20 kW solar project, which went live in December of 2015.  Legacy Solar Co-op membership applications and bond information packets will be available.

More information about this event at https://www.renewwisconsin.org/renewable-energy-summit/

Union Cab of Madison

LOCATION: Madison, Wisconsin   |   COMPLETION DATE: December 2015   |   CAPACITY: added 20kW (25kW total)

SOLAR CONTRACTOR:
Midwest Solar Power

Union Cab of Madison Cooperative is worker owned and operated. They added solar to their mechanics shop in 2012, and talked about expanding from 5 to 25 kilowatts, adding power their operations on their main administration building, at 2458 Pennsylvania Avenue, on the east side of Madison.

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Union Cab of Madison

Union Cab of Madison teams up with Legacy Solar Co-op

Union Cab of Madison Cooperative is the newest solar and energy efficiency project the Legacy Solar Co-op will be supporting. This community cab company 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. Read more

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Bond Sales Now Open to All Members

Effective Immediately:  Legacy Solar Co-op is opening bond sales to any and all members who wish to support solar by investing in the Co-op’s Slice of Sun Community Solar program.  The Co-op makes solar loans to individual solar projects anywhere in the state of Wisconsin.  Currently, we are supporting a 20 kilowatt solar array to be developed atop Union Cab of Madison Cooperative’s roof.  We also have churches and schools and other non-profits we are helping develop solar.  Earn a return and support solar at the same time!

Learn more about Solar Bonds. 

For complete details about bonds and terms, download the Membership Information Packet.

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2015 Solar Power Wisconsin 2nd Annual Affordable Energy Conference

October 24, 2015

Legacy Solar Cooperative was invited to speak to attendees of the 2nd annual Affordable Solar Conference held at the new Chippewa Valley Technical College’s Energy Center in Eau Claire on Saturday, October 24th.  Hundreds attended the 2nd annual seminar and we made lots of new contacts and networked with dozens of other presenters and vendors who were exhibiting at this year’s event.