A solar energy business that spent more than two years at the UW-Stout Technology and Business Incubator has announced an agreement with the nation’s largest organic cooperative.
Bubbling Springs Solar of Menomonie said in January that it will provide bulk purchase prices for solar panels to nearly 1,400 members and employees of Organic Valley, which is based in La Farge.
“It feels like we’re rubbing elbows with some bigger players,” said Mike Helfman, who owns Bubbling Springs with his wife, Luisa Gerasimo.
Organic Valley sold more than $527 million worth of organic foods in 2008. Many members live on sustainable farms, where using solar energy could fit their lifestyle.
Bubbling Springs Solar, which makes flat plate solar thermal collectors, has six employees and just recently moved to Menomonie’s Stout Technology Park.
Luisa Gerasimo, owner Bubbling Springs Solar, a former Technology and Business Incubator tenant appears to have a bright future.

Summer Outlook 2012