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  • 20 Oct 2016 11:01 AM | Anonymous

    In Illinois, new rules expected to make solar faster and cheaper

    By Kari Lydersen

    Oct 19, 2016 - Read the whole article at Midwest Energy News

    Illinois lawmakers have adopted new interconnection standards that will make the solar siting and installation process significantly quicker and cheaper, clean energy advocates and utilities say.

  • 11 Oct 2016 3:20 PM | Anonymous


    September 26, 2016


    Lesley McCain

    Executive Director

    Illinois Solar Energy Association 



    Illinois Solar Announces Solar Job Training Program


    [Mt Vernon], ILLINOIS --- The Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) is pleased to announce that recently received a USDA Rural Business Development Grant award.  The grant funds will be used to provide a six-week solar installation training to Southern Illinois electrical contractors. Upon completion participants in the training will be to be qualified to lead solar installations.


    The grant which was submitted through USDA’s Rural Development office, located in Marion Illinois, provides funding in excess of $31,000 to provide classroom and hands-on training to both union and non-union electrical contractors in order to advance solar installations in the Southern Illinois region. Additional funding of $4,000 to support the in person and webinar portion of the training, has been received from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.


    In order to interconnect solar systems to the electric grid, Illinois law requires that electrical contractors be Distributed Generation (DG) certified.  With only a few DG certified installers in the southern part of the state, ISEA recognizes that the lack of solar installers was a barrier to solar development in the region. Program trainees will be qualified to take the NABCEP exam, which when passed, will qualify them to be certified by the State.


    Trainees will have an opportunity to exercise their newly gained skills by participating in 1kW solar installations at local schools. Grant funds for the installation portion of the training will be supplied by the Illinois Solar for Schools Program via the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, and through product donations from The Solar Foundation.


    The Illinois Solar Energy Associationis pleased to offer this opportunity to advance solar development in Southern Illinois, as well as accelerate economic development and job creation in the region.


    About the Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA)

    Established in 1975 The Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) is a non-profit organization that promotes the widespread application of renewable energy through education and advocacy. As the Illinois chapter of the American Solar Energy Society, ISEA is the local resource for educational classes, events, renewable energy related policy developments, local news and access to local renewable energy vendors.




  • 25 Apr 2016 3:53 PM | Anonymous

    The winning ISEA PV Raffle ticket number is 1735! A new installation will soon belong to our lucky winner from Rolling Meadows, IL. Congrats!

    Thank you to all who participated and continue to support ISEA's work!

  • 14 Apr 2016 11:09 AM | Anonymous

    Solar PV Raffle ticket sales end on Saturday, April 16th at 11pm CST


    ISEA will be drawing the winner of our Solar PV Raffle at the

    Wild & Scenic Film Festival

    April 22, 2016 6:30-9:30pm

    Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist

    1025 N. Smith St, Palatine, IL

    Join us for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Palatine!  This is the second year hosting this event, sponsored by the Northwest Cook County Group of the Illinois Sierra Club and by Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist.  They will screen two hours of short films celebrating nature and our connection to it, and telling the stories of activists working to preserve our environment for future generations.  Admission is free.  Advanced registration through Eventbrite is encouraged, but not required.  A $5 per person donation is requested to help cover the cost of licensing the films.

    For more information, click here.

  • 12 Feb 2016 3:57 PM | Anonymous

    February 12, 2016

    David Jakubiak, ELPC

    Emily Rosenwasser, Sierra Club
    312-251-1680 x119

    Angela Guyadeen, NRDC

    New solar jobs numbers show broken energy policies cost Illinois jobs.

    Illinois drops two spots in solar job rankings while other states gain.

    State must pass Illinois Clean Jobs Bill (SB1485/HB2607) to create more solar jobs.

    New nationwide data released this week by the Solar Foundation show Illinois must fix its broken energy policies if it hopes to compete long-term for jobs in the booming solar and renewable energy fields.

    The Solar Jobs Census showed that Illinois dropped two places in solar jobs in 2015, from 12th to 14th nationwide. Illinois lost more than 300 solar jobs over the year.

    By comparison, other nearby states saw solid growth in 2015. Michigan added nearly 700 solar jobs, while Ohio added more than 500 jobs. Even more impressively, New York grew almost 1,000 solar jobs this year alone, enjoying a solar boom since it fixed its Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) in 2012. Experts say Illinois’ broken RPS blocks the type of investment that the state needs to compete.

    The bipartisan Illinois Clean Jobs Bill would fix the RPS and expand it to 35% by 2030 (up from the current target of 25% by 2025). By also boosting energy efficiency, the bill will build 32,000 jobs and save consumers $1.6 billion.

    “Make no mistake: the solar industry in Illinois has shown tremendous growth over the past several years, with more than 3,400 workers across the state, who are helping consumers save big money. But to continue this success and compete with other states, Illinois needs to update its policy, beginning with a working RPS,” said Lesley McCain, Executive Director of the Illinois Solar Energy Association.

    “Creating a working RPS like the one envisioned in the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill would give companies and investors the reliability that they need,” said McCain, who added that last year Illinois legislators swept funds intended for renewable energy to plug holes in the state’s budget.

    She added that other states are taking the lead in policies that encourage rooftop solar, community solar, low-income solar programs. The Illinois Clean Jobs Bill (SB1485/HB2607) calls for those policies, too, allowing Illinois to create more jobs.

    “The time to act is now, because the rest of the country isn’t standing idly by, they are taking the initiative and building a clean energy economy while Illinois delays.”

    Illinois’ drop in the national solar rankings mirrors the state’s recent experience in wind energy. Last year it was announced that Oklahoma had leap-frogged Illinois to become the 4th highest wind-producing state. Now, even Illinois’ #5 ranking is at risk, with Kansas having enough projects in the pipeline to surpass Illinois.

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    The Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition is made up of Illinois businesses and organizations representing the state’s environmental, business and faith communities. Currently more than 160 businesses and 60 organizations have formally joined the coalition to promote steps to improve the Illinois environment, help consumers, improve public health, and create tens of thousands of new jobs across the state.

  • 10 Dec 2015 12:10 PM | Anonymous

    12/10/15 12:15PM CST

    Hello Raffle Ticket Holders!

    This is where we will be blogging on tonight's membership meeting and Tesla Raffle drawing!

    Check back tonight for live updates! Membership meeting starts at 6PM CST, raffle drawing planned to be around 7:30PM CT. We will be announcing the winning ticket number.

    7:40PM CST: Our meeting is running a bit behind schedule. Please stay tuned for raffle results!

    7:45PM CST: ISEA year in review presentation from ISEA Executive Director, Lesley McCain.

    7:55PM CST: Check out the ISEA Facebook and Twitter (@ILSolarEnergy) for pictures and more updates!

    8:05PM CST: Quick solar policy update from ISEA policy committee chair and board member Lisa Albrecht happening now!

    8:30PM CST: Reading ISEA board election candidate statements now. 10 total!

    8:40PM CST: Drum roll please........

    8:41PMCST: The winning ticket is 2127!!!!! Congrats!

  • 08 Dec 2015 1:25 PM | Anonymous

    ISEA is excited to announce that the DCEO Solar and Wind Energy Rebate and Grant Program has been extended through December 31, 2020!

    Due to sunset at the end of this month, an extension was approved by the legislature and signed by the Governor last  Friday December 4th 2015.  This is a big win and important milestone for ISEA as we sponsored this legislation in partnership with champions, Sen. David Koehler, Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie and the Illinois Environmental Council. Although there are still some unknowns due to the lack of a State budget, we are celebrating this victory! Stay tuned to ISEA for more information as it becomes available.

  • 05 Dec 2015 12:56 PM | Anonymous

    Save the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC)


    The solar ITC, first funded in 2006, is a 30 percent federal tax credit for solar systems on commercial (under Section 48) and residential (under Section 25D) properties. After 2016, the residential credit will expire all together and the commercial credit will shrink to 10 percent. The inclusion of solar in the tax extenders bill this year is the linchpin of continuing the success of the growing solar market. For more background, here is an article that the Examiner wrote on the solar ITC earlier this year, as well as a website put together by The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC). The ITC is the only form of federal incentive support the solar industry receives, in contrast to dozens of subsidies and tax incentives other energy industries, including fossil fuels, have benefited from for decades.


    Help us put solar on a level playing field with these industries!


    Please call your legislators in the immediate as this opportunity may come up early next week and let them  know how important this extension is for both the economy as well as the environment.  Here is the link to find contact information for your U.S. Senators and Representatives.

  • 03 Dec 2015 1:40 PM | Anonymous




    There will be four Director positions for re-election for the 2016-18 term. Candidates are requested to submit their candidacy announcement in an email to to the attention of the ISEA President Shannon Fulton and Secretary Brian Haug.  In the email response please state the candidate’s name, affiliation (if any) and contact information, as well as a statement (up to 100 words) of their candidacy. Please put ISEA Board of Directors Application Statement in the subject line. Electronic submissions of candidacy to will be accepted until 12 PM, local time on December 9, 2015.

  • 01 Dec 2015 1:37 PM | Anonymous

    Just this month, Chicago amended its Solar Zoning Policy to allow the installation of solar on residential garages.  Specifically, the amendment removed the restriction on Accessory Structures in Residential Zoned districts.  This change will allow solar to now be installed on both flat and pitched roof garages in all zoning districts. This is a welcome development for broad swaths of the City zoned exclusively for detached garages.  This change is a great opportunity for homeowners that previously did not find it economical to install solar due to the layout or shading of their home’s roof.  Allowing installation on garages offers additional opportunities to find that perfect location for solar.

    Even for homeowners with existing solar installation, this zoning change provides an opportunity to expand the size of the system, provide additional energy cost savings, and add creative new multi-tasking solar installations.  A PV canopy on top of a detached garage with a flat roof can create shade and protection from the elements while providing a renewable source of electricity for plug-in electric vehicles charging in the garage below. 

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