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The ISEA Events Calendar provides information about events, courses, conferences and workshops offered by the ISEA as well as other organizations related to solar, wind, and other forms of renewable energy.

Online registration for all courses is available by clicking on the register button at the bottom of the page.  Events that require payment can be paid with a debit card, credit card, or PayPal account.  To receive the membership rate for any events, please login as a member first, then register for the event.

You may also email us at contactisea@illinoissolar.org if you know of an event that is not listed and think it would benefit our members, if you wish to partner or sponsor an event, or if you have questions or experience any difficulties.

Upcoming events

    • 24 Jan 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Webinar

    The federal SolSmart program that helps towns become "solar-ready" will be offering a monthly SolSmart webinar series, starting with a webinar on Thursday, January 24, at 1 pm on best practices for solar planning and zoning in communities. If your municipality isn't already pursuing SolSmart certification (or even if they are!), you can share this great free solar learning opportunity with your town leaders!

    This webinar will address best practices for including solar in land use plans and your community’s zoning ordinance. Learn about ways to provide maximum siting options for rooftop and ground mount solar projects while preserving your community's character and historic resources. Participants will learn how local governments can set solar development goals, address “solar-ready” concepts in their zoning ordinances, and capture benefits of solar development while minimizing risks. Attendees will come to understand the development standards they can use to ensure solar farm development creates agricultural, environmental, and water quality co-benefits. In addition, participants in the webinar will learn how solar can be included in local planning documents, such as comprehensive, functional, and small area plans. Finally, the webinar will provide a brief overview of SolSmart, a national designation and technical assistance program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. SolSmart promotes the use of best practices by local governments to ensure greater ease and affordability for residents and businesses to install and access solar energy. This webinar will count as training for SolSmart PZD-9 credit: Train planning staff on best practices in planning and zoning for solar PV.


    Brian Ross, AICP, LEED GA | Great Plains Institute

    James Schroll | The Solar Foundation

    Megan Day, AICP | National Renewable Energy Laboratory

    Click here to register

    • 28 Jan 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • O’Fallon Public Safety Building, 285 N. Seven Hills Road, O’Fallon, IL.

    Mark your calendars! On January 28th, Rep. Meier is again joining with the University of Illinois Extension Staff to offer a Solar Event.

    Solar Energy Seminar

    Are alternative energy sources right for you? Join State Representative Charlie Meier and University of Illinois Extension staff for a free seminar on Monday, January 28 at 6:30 pm at the O’Fallon Public Safety Building, 285 N. Seven Hills Road, O’Fallon, IL.

    Learn about alternative energy benefits and opportunities. The program will include information for agriculture, commercial, and residential use. Current opportunities including photovoltaic and thermal heat will be shared. Energy efficiency and general energy savings practices will also be discussed. Ample time will be allowed for questions.

    Space is limited. For additional information or to reserve a spot, contact University of Illinois Extension at 618-344-4230 or ruth1@illinois.edu by January 25.

    • 31 Jan 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Northern Illinois University Naperville Meeting & Conference Center, 1120 E. Diehl Rd. Naperville, IL 60563

    Save the date for the 2019 DuPage Environmental Summit, Thursday, January 31st, 2019, 8am to Noon at the Naperville Campus (Diehl Road) of Northern Illinois University. The Summit will be centered on the pulse of the natural environment in DuPage County - water quality reports and trends, restoring our natural areas, adapting to climate change and the use of more sustainable technologies like community solar. Registration and our exhibits area will open at 7:30 a.m. and will feature organizations working on various environmental aspects throughout the region.

    Here is a sampling of speakers and topics lined up for the morning:

    Restoration in DuPage County Forest Preserves

    Erik Neidy, Director of Natural Resources, Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

    The State of DuPage County Rivers

    Staff of The Conservation Foundation/DuPage River Salt Creek Workgroup

    Impact of Climate Change on Bird Migration

    Dr. Douglas Stotz, Senior Conservation Ecologist, Keller Science Action Center at the Field Museum

    Urban Green Spaces, Climate Change and Adaptation

    Katherine Moore Powell, Climate Change Ecologist, Keller Science Action Center at the Field Museum

    Combatting Climate Change With Community Solar and Other Renewable Energies

    Lisa Albrecht, All Bright Solar and Vice President/Policy Committee Chair, Illinois Solar Energy Association

    • 31 Jan 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Barrington Library, 505 N Northwest Hwy, Barrington, IL 60010

    Powering Your Home With The Sun-Free Educational Program at Barrington Library on THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2019, 7 – 8PM. Join local Deer Park Resident Peter Gorr for a presentation on residential Solar Energy systems. Mr. Gorr has converted his last 2 homes to solar energy and will present the subject from the homeowners perspective. This nontechnical presentation will cover the basics of Solar Photovoltaic systems, the process for acquiring and installing, an overview of the economics including latest federal and state incentives, and results.

    For more, click here.

    • 04 Feb 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Brookfield Public Library

    Join ISEA Solar Ambassador Tim Sheldon to learn how solar works and how you, too, can power your home with the sun!

    • 05 Feb 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Maldaner's Restaurant, 222 S 6th St, Springfield, IL 62701

    ISEA is hosting an opportunity on February 5th to network with your legislators at Maldaner’s (solar powered) Restaurant! 

    The event is free but requires registration for planning purposes. 


    Participation in ISEA’s Solar Lobby Day on February 6th requires separate registration here


    Sponsorship Opportunities Available - Learn More Here

    This is a low cost - high profile opportunity to showcase your company's success.

    ISEA is working hard to make sure that legislators are familiar with your work and success as a solar developer and installer.

    • 06 Feb 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • Springfield, IL

    Save the Date!

    Join the Illinois Solar Energy Association for Solar Lobby Day!

    Join ISEA on February 6th in Springfield to educate legislators on the impacts that solar legislation will have on your business and the communities where you live and work.

    No experience in lobbying?  No problem! We will have staff and volunteers to help guide you throughout the day.

    We will be meeting at Cafe Moxo (411 E Adams St, Springfield, IL 62701) at 8 AM that morning for a pre-lobbying breakfast and briefing on legislative asks.

    In order to help you prepare for the day, ISEA will be holding a webinar on Thursday, January 31st at 3 PM. This webinar will provide an overview of the policy issues and legislation that we will be talking to legislators about. Click here to register. If you would prefer to join by phone, dial in to (914) 614-3221. The PIN is 183-528-544


    Join us the evening before at Maldaner's for a Legislative Solar Social! The event is free, but separate registration is required. Register here

    Interested in sponsoring? Learn more here

    • 08 Feb 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM
    • Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way, Elgin, Illinois 60120

    The Fox Valley Sustainability Network will hold a Solar Energy Forum on Friday, February 8 in the Heritage Ballroom at the Centre of Elgin. We will discuss the Future Energy Jobs Act and it’s impact on municipalities, businesses and citizens. This event is free and open to all. Register here.

    Friday, February 8
    10:00 AM - 12:15 PM

    Centre of Elgin
    100 Symphony Way
    Elgin, Illinois 60120

    • 14 Feb 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Spring Valley Nature Center 1111 E Schaumburg Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60194

    IL Solar Energy Association Solar Ambassador Peter Gorr will present Powering Your Home with the Sun. This non technical presentation will cover the basics of residential solar systems including actual results from his experiences of converting his last 2 homes to solar energy. Community Solar will also be discussed as well as current policy and incentives.

    Click here to learn more

    • 23 Feb 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • TBD

    ISEA will be hosting a viewing of Jeff Spies and Jason Vetterli film about the beginnings of solar!

    "Solar Roots - The Pioneers of PV" is the true story of how a small group of backwoods engineers and business hippies brought solar photovoltaic technology down from space into homes around the world, delivering "solar power to the people".

    Filmmakers Jeff Spies and Jason Vetterli spent two years traveling the country interviewing over 50 pioneers of the solar photovoltaic industry in the making of this educational, funny and touching film. The story starts in the 1800's with the early scientific discoveries, and quickly progresses through the development of the Bell Silicon Solar Cell in the 1950's, the rapid deployment of PV in the space race of the 60's, and the debut of terrestrial PV in the 70s. The story finally focuses on the colorful group of men and women who gave birth to the PV home power movement in the early 80's, which eventually grew to define the modern day solar industry.

    Learn more and watch the trailer here

    Registration and location to come!

    • 09 Apr 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Skokie Public Library Business Center, 5215 Oakton St, Skokie, IL 60077

    Skokie residents, you have more options than ever for using renewable energy in your home. Hear about the latest trends and get tips on alternative energies.

    Solar energy is the most popular home alternative energy source, and wind power is gaining steadily. Geothermal works well and has been used for at least one structure in Skokie. Alternative energy sources can add to your home's value and reduce its total energy use. Peter Gorr, Illinois Solar Energy Association solar ambassador, and Steve Marciani, Village of Skokie planning manager, will speak. They will provide information on sources for alternative energy. They have helpful tips on working with the Village and local contractors. They'll also let you know the locations of local charging stations for electric cars.

    Cosponsored by the Skokie Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Commission and Sustainable Environmental Advisory Commission.

    Click here to learn more and register

    • 21 Jun 2019
    • 23 Jun 2019
    • 7558 Deer Road, Custer, WI

    Celebrate the summer solstice at The 30th Anniversary Energy Fair on June 21-23, 2019! Organized by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, The Energy Fair is the nation’s longest-running event of its kind and brings over 10,000 attendees together to learn about sustainability and clean energy, connect with others, and take action toward a sustainable future. Enjoy over 250 workshops and 200 exhibitors, inspirational keynote speakers, live music, camping, family fun, great food, and more. Come to learn and connect with others and then stay for the fun! The 30th Anniversary Energy Fair has new featured workshop tracks, a Tiny Home Alley, Electric Vehicle Ride-N-Drive, live music, and keynote presentations. You can learn more and purchasr tickets at TheEnergyFair.org.


    Please check https://www.theenergyfair.org/tickets/ on April 1st to buy:

    – Energy Fair Admission (or sign up to volunteer and receive free admission!)
    – Extended Workshop Tickets
    – Special Event Tickets
    – Campsite at MREA’s Back 40 Campground
    – MREA Membership (MREA Members receive free admission to The Energy Fair!)

    Get admission before May 17th to get a discount of 25% or more (depending on item purchased).



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