The Switch to Solar (S2S) Program

The sale of S2S Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (solar RECs) is similar to selling “offsets” except our “offsets” are not traded to allow utility companies to continue polluting our environment. Our solar RECs are retired on behalf of the buyer, so that real and permanent good can come from the use of renewable energy.

How do Solar RECs work?

Each REC represents 1,000 kilowatt-hours of solar-generated electricity and has a voluntary market value between $10 and $40 per REC wholesale to retail. The Co-op procures its solar RECs specifically from solar projects existing in Wisconsin, with member consumers enjoying a discount, and member producers enjoying preferred pricing for their RECs.

How Legacy Solar Co-op Solar REC’s are different

For each solar REC the Co-op sells, we retain between $10.00 and $20.00 to fund the operational cost of this part of our business. Some competitors mark up their REC price by 100 to 150% and provide RECs blending far away wind and hydro-electric RECs into their product as opposed to local solar RECs. Legacy Solar Co-op is more interested in supporting local solar than far away hydro or wind, so we sell only Wisconsin-grown Solar Energy RECs.

Some utilities in Wisconsin will sell their customers “Green Power”, when actually what they are doing is selling Renewable Energy Credits for wind and hydro projects that they have invested in, sometimes out of state and carried over ATC power lines hundreds of miles. A very small amount of RECs (usually less than 1%) comes from solar projects. The utilities may sell this “Green Power” for a premium of $.02 to $.04 per kWh above what you are already paying. Legacy Solar Co-op will guarantee that your S2S purchase directly supports local solar projects and not far away hydro or wind. Member Producers of S2S power are paid a fair and competitive price for their solar RECs, currently at $.02 per kWh (higher than any other Green program out there).

The current pricing for Switch-to-Solar customers:

Member price = $.03 per kWh (sold in whatever blocks you determine according to your own energy use) Non-Member price = $.04 per kWh

If you have any questions please contact Kurt Reinhold at info@legacysolarcoop.org or by calling 608-957-6801.

Madison has a strong track record of citizens who are advocates for clean energy and who have shown great enthusiasm for solar energy and initiatives such as solar community gardens.  The good news is that by purchasing Solar Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) through Legacy Solar Cooperative’s “Switch to Solar” program, you can offset most, if not all, of your energy usage for a surprisingly low price.  You’ll directly support your neighbor’s solar installations while simultaneously giving yourself a cleaner carbon footprint.

If you are already using a similar program like MGE’s Green Power Tomorrow, consider switching to “Switch to Solar,” where 100% of the power comes from solar rather than 1% of the power.

Yogesh Chawla
Yogesh Chawla