LA CROSSE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Long before WAFER moved into their new facility, the WAFER leadership was approached by a community member that wanted to financially support a new solar panel project. However, with the anticipation of a new building, that project was put on hold. After months of planning, grant application, support solicitation and system planning… the day has finally arrived.

This project will consist of 150+ solar panels and should be completed in about 2 weeks. Aaron Benson and his team at Solar Connection, grantors like Solar Moonshot and private donors all came together to ensure 100% funding.

Solar Connection installing new solar panels at the WAFER facilities on George Street

Over the past several years, WAFER has implemented new systems to contribute to greater stewardship of our environment. This latest project is complementary to cardboard, plastics, and organic recycling. WAFER is La Crosse County’s largest food pantry, serving the greater La Crosse area.  Each month WAFER Food Pantry provides food packages to more than 1,500 families.  Over the course of a year, WAFER put food directly on the table for nearly 35,000 people and last year provided 1.5 million meals.  No one should go hungry and WAFER works to ensure that.