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CSA Grounds 100% Energized by the Sun

August 28, 2021
By CSA Sisters of St. Agnes

This article appears in the August Issue of Reflections and Connections

Girl with hand on solar panelOn September 3, 2015, Bishop Richard Sklba, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Milwaukee, blessed the brand-new solar installation on the CSA motherhouse grounds. The 568-panel solar installation generates 247,000 KW, enough to supply 50% of the electrical needs of the motherhouse. Since that time, CSA has continued to seek out additional ways to demonstrate a corporate commitment to future generations and respond to Pope Francis’ call to the church, and the world, to take seriously the threat posed to our human dignity from the effects of climate change.

With that in mind, when Alliant Energy announced the launch of its first community solar project in Fond du Lac, CSA supported the endeavor by purchasing 862 solar panels (called “blocks”) of the solar garden. This investment means that the entire St. Agnes Convent and the on-site maintenance building will be 100% powered by the sun. The Community Solar program provides an opportunity for customers, both residential and corporate, to share the benefits of solar power without having to install solar panels on their property and will be fully operational by the end of 2021.

CSA invites the public to learn more about solar energy by visiting our onsite solar installation, accessing educational materials on the CSA solar energy website, and researching to learn if solar is a good sustainable energy option for them.

For detailed information on the Fond du Lac Solar Garden, visit

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