News & Announcements

  • 16 Nov 2014 7:45 PM | Anonymous

    The ISEA Board of Directors (Board) is currently comprised of 14 Directors and may, according to the bylaws, increase to as many as 15 members.  The Board may consist of up to 8 Membership-elected members, 4 Board-Appointed members, and 3 Board-Elected members.  As representatives of the membership of ISEA, the Board is the primary force advancing ISEA's fulfillment of service to its membership, to ISEA as a single entity, and to the nonprofit community at large.  

    The ISEA has 4 Membership-Elected Board positions to fill in the December 2015 election to serve a two year term, January 2016 - January 2018.  We are looking for Directors who represent various aspects of the solar, wind and other renewable energy fields, as well as individuals in potentially impacted industries, such as real estate, legal, finance, education, environment, transportation and manufacturing.  It is also desired that as diverse a range of people as possible make up the Board.

    Candidates should have innate leadership, management and interpersonal skills, patience and good humor, and the ability to participate in and sustain collaborative group efforts.

    Click here to read the candidate bios

  • 04 Oct 2014 11:11 PM | Lesley McCain (Administrator)


     The winner of the ISEA 2014 TESLA raffle is ticket number 2215!
    Congratulations ! 

      We have spoken to the winner and will announce the name after their eligibility has been verified!

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2014 ISEA Tesla raffle!

  • 18 Sep 2014 12:20 PM | Anonymous

    Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools is the first nationwide assessment of how solar energy helps to power schools in communities across America. Most importantly, the report shows that thousands of schools are already cutting their utility bills by choosing solar, using the savings to pay for teacher salaries and textbooks. What’s more, the report estimates that more than 70,000 additional schools would benefit by doing the same.

    Key Findings:
    • An analysis performed for this report found that 450 individual school districts could each save more than $1,000,000 over 30 years by installing a solar PV system.
    • Of the 125,000 schools in the country, between 40,000 and 72,000 can “go solar” cost-effectively.
    • There are 3,752 K-12 schools in the United States with solar installations, meaning nearly 2.7 million students attend schools with solar energy systems.
    • The 3,727 PV systems at all U.S. schools with solar installations have a combined capacity of 490 megawatts (MW), and generate roughly 642,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity each year.
    • The electricity generated in one year by all 3,727 PV systems represents a combined $77.8 million per year in utility bills ‒ an average of almost $21,000 per year per school. This combined energy value is roughly equivalent to 155,000 tablet computers or nearly 2,200 new teachers’ salaries per year.

    More information and a call to action from Ken Johnson, VP of Solar Energy Industries Association on our Schools for Solar Page.

  • 04 Sep 2014 10:16 AM | Anonymous

    Earlier this year, EPA announced a new initiative under the Green Power Partnership: the On-site Renewables Challenge. The Partnership is tracking all Partners’ annual combined on-site renewable energy use, updated quarterly. As part of the Challenge, EPA invites Partners to increase the amount of energy they produce and use from on-site renewables by the end of the decade.

    Currently, more than 250 Green Power Partners are using more than one billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of on-site green power annually. The Challenge aims to double this amount to two billion kWh by the end of 2020. And, we need your help to get there!

    We want to hear about what your organization is planning in terms of launching or expanding your on-site green power use. Are you adding solar panels to your facilities? Have you set a goal to produce a percentage of your electricity use from on-site resources?

    Partners that have made tangible commitments to increase the deployment of on-site renewable energy systems by 2020 are featured on our website. And, we plan to highlight Partners’ on-site green power commitments in our upcoming monthly Program Updates. If you have news to share, please contact Mollie Lemon, Partnership Program Manager, at by September 5.

    If you’re not already a Partner, we invite you to join us today!

    For more information on the On-site Renewables Challenge, please visit:

    Since 2001, EPA’s Green Power Partnership has worked with businesses, local and state governments, schools, NGOS and Federal agencies to expand the use of clean, renewable energy. More than 1,300 Green Power Partners are currently purchasing more than 28 billion kWh of green power annually, which has the equivalent impact of avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of more than three million homes each year.

  • 25 Aug 2014 12:57 PM | Anonymous

    The Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) recently released its 2014 Environmental Scorecard.

    IEC has been producing this scorecard for over forty years and it is an incredibly important tool to measure how a legislator voted on environmental issues.

    Click here to view the 2014 Environmental Scorecard online.

    Congratulations to the 35 legislators recognized for their votes on the 2014 scorecard!  View the scorecard to find out how your legislator voted and go to the IEC website for a summary of this year's scorecard.

  • 22 Aug 2014 2:15 PM | Anonymous

    Check out this story about solar power used on an Illinois farm!

    Tim and Austin Ridgely installed panels on Tim's Southeast Illinois 2,700 acre farm in Richland County. 

    Tim's solar system powers his entire farm.

    "Sun catchers" in Illinois Farmer Today

    "So, why aren’t more farmers choosing solar energy?

    'I don’t think people realize how cheap it has gotten,' Austin says."

  • 22 Aug 2014 12:21 PM | Anonymous

    The FY15 Large-Distributed Solar and Wind Grant Program is now open!

    Program guidelines and application forms are available from the Illinois Energy Office’s website at  

    This RFA is a competitive solicitation, with applications due to DCEO on or before 4:30 p.m. on October 17, 2014.  Eligibility is limited to solar and wind energy projects over $100,000 in total project costs.  The expected budget for the grant program is approximately $2.5 million.

  • 20 Aug 2014 11:36 AM | Anonymous

     DCEO will accept applications until October 10th, 2014.  Applications will be assigned a number as they are received, and we will have a pre-selected list of random numbers that we will use as the order we will consider applications.  Any applications received after the deadline will only be consider if program funding is still available or becomes available later in the program year.

    The guidelines and application are available at


    One clarification  - all solar PV and wind energy systems, except those that are self-installed, must be installed by a certified distributed generation installer.


    Good luck!

  • 18 Aug 2014 11:43 AM | Lesley McCain (Administrator)


    The program guidelines and application will become available within the next week or so on the DCEO website at


     All applications must be submitted, without exception, on these new forms for Fiscal Year 2015 and must be filled out completely and signed and dated by both the applicant and the installer/project manager. Any applications received under previous application forms will be rejected.


    DCEO will accept applications for the random selection until October 10th, 2014.  Applications will be assigned a number as they are received, and there will a pre-selected list of random numbers that will be used as the order we will consider applications.  DCEO will keep moving down the list of applications based on the random numbers list until all rebate funds have been allocated.  The remaining applications will be on a waiting list and will be considered (again, based on the random number list) as projects are cancelled or if additional funds become available.


    DCEO is continuing to require that the application be submitted by the applicant.  While the installer/developer may assist in filling out application and organizing the required documents, the application cannot be sent to us by the installer.
    All solar PV and wind energy systems must be completed by a certified distributed energy installer (Illinois Commerce Commission’s certified list is available at  DCEO will not approve an application until it can be confirmed that the installer has been certified by the ICC.

    The Final Documentation Checklist (Section 4.2 and Appendix C of new guidelines) has also been updated to require that applicants provide the approved interconnection application or the Certificate of Completion from the utility (if applicable).
    DCEO prefers that applications be submitted via email (ceo.rerp@illinois/gov), though applications may be sent through regular mail.  However, please do not submit both ways – just need one copy of the application.  If you send applications by email, you will receive a response that your application has been received. 

    Approximately $2.5 million has been allocated to the rebate program this fiscal year.


    ISEA will announce the opening of the rebate program as it is released.

  • 13 Aug 2014 12:21 PM | Anonymous

    You’re Invited...

    The Illinois Solar Tour, on Saturday, October 4th, 2014 is a FREE PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE to demonstrate how home and business owners are utilizing solar, wind, geothermal heat pumps, passive solar design, and energy efficiency to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels and to be energy independent.

    You can visit any site at any time between 10 am and 2 pm. Homeowners will be available at each site to provide information, share experiences and answer questions. 

    Attend the Solar Tour to:
    • meet people who have renewable energy installations, learn why they did it, the process, what they love about it and lessons learned.
    • learn about the different technologies and see how they are installed
    • hear about how different renewable energy technologies can work together
    • find out all of the ways you can use renewable energy to power your life

    Attend the tour and get all of your renewable energy questions answered!

    Sign up to volunteer your home as a host site or sign up to attend one or more of these open houses! Sponsorships available.

    Visit our Solar Tour page for more information.

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