Legacy Solar Co-op and Trinity Lutheran Church, 1901 Winnebago Street, started working together on solar and LED energy savings in 2014. Our project was installed 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. Member Full Spectrum Solar made the installation.
Blessings and celebrations
On the Winter Solstice in December of 2014, Trinity Lutheran’s solar array received official blessings from Bishop Mary Froiland and the Reverend Susan Schneider, as those attending service that Sunday morning, walked across the street and bestowed blessings on their church’s new solar array.
It was a very enlightening solar experience for those of us who joined in this ceremony. There was coffee and treats in the fellowship hall afterwards, and Kurt Reinhold answered questions about the solar and LED lighting project.
These bond subscriptions help secure the solar project, generate earnings for member bondholder, or can be donated at any time as a tax-deductible donation to a participating non-profit host site for a solar project. The church is currently sharing the energy savings (over $3,000 a year kept by TLC), but the more bonds the Church owns, the more energy savings they get to keep for their own parish’s budget. It’s the first community solar garden in the Atwood neighborhood!
Project Vital Statistics:
- 20 kW solar on roof;
- $12,000 energy efficient lighting upgrades in church;
- Project energy savings so far exceed 75,000 kWhs
- Savings so far alleviated over 120,000 pounds of CO2 emissions
- Water conserved by reducing fossil fuel use exceeds 1.5 million gallons
- Over 900,000 kilowatt-hours of savings still to come under warranty of solar panels
Slice of Sun Solar Bonds
Legacy Solar Co-op sells Slice-of-Sun Solar Bonds to any member who would like to support a Solar Legacy project like this one, and earn between 4% and 6% interest on their bonds purchased through the co-op. Ready to get involved?