New solar panels celebrated at Hamilton Early Learning Center/SOTA I

Donations make rooftop solar field possible.

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – For the first time, a La Crosse public school has a solar panel system.

On Monday, the School District of La Crosse and Solar on La Crosse Schools, or SOLS, celebrated the installation on Hamilton Early Learning Center/SOTA I.

The cost of the 264-panel solar field was completely funded by a Focus on Energy grant, a Couillard Solar on Schools grant, and by donations from SOLS.

The Director of Energy and Transportation, Mike Freybler, said since the building is used by other organizations, like the Boys and Girls Club of Greater La Crosse, the panels help keep costs down even after school hours.

Freybler said, “this whole building and every part about this new addition is basically for the community. We want to bring people in and use this as a community-based school.”

The district expects to save $225 thousand annually in energy costs with the addition.

The group would like to put solar panels on all the buildings in the district in the future.

To learn more about SOLS and donate to the project, visit their website: