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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

    • 04 Apr 2019
    • 7:15 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Luecht Conference Center, Building B, McHenry County College, 8900 US-14, Crystal Lake, Illinois

    This workshop is designed to bring solar farm developers together with experts in the field of native plantings. Solar developers and landscaping firms will leave this session equipped with the know-how to be able to successfully design, plant and maintain a native plant community on their solar farm. This session will help developers in the preparation of landscape plant lists and monitoring and maintenance plans required by local permitting authorities.

    Who should attend?

    Solar farm developers and owners, landscaping firms, government personnel overseeing solar farm installations, prairie and pollinator enthusiasts, solar energy advocates, anyone who wants to learn how to successfully plant Midwest prairie.

    REGISTRATION CLOSES BY MIDNIGHT, THURSDAY MARCH 28.

    Learn more and register by clicking here

    • 09 Apr 2019
    • 10 Apr 2019
    • Four Points Sheraton O'Hare, 10249 West Irving Park Road, Schiller Park, IL 60176
    • 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

    • 11 Apr 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Thornhill Education Center, Morton Arboretum

    Find out how you can tap into solar energy at home, even if you have large shade trees. In this discussion with Illinois Solar Energy Association Solar Ambassador Jeff Gahris, you will learn:

    • How solar energy works in Illinois
    • The benefits and challenges of residential solar energy
    • The upfront costs and long-terms savings, including current financial incentives in Illinois
    • Considerations for properties with shade trees
    • Resources for finding reputable installers

    You’ll also learn about the growth of “community solar,” a unique solution for homeowners who want solar energy without installing residential panels.

    About the Instructor:

    Jeff Gahris’ interest in solar probably goes back to when he was a young boy who liked to play with electricity. Now he is a semi-retired environmental engineer with a passion for protecting the environment for future generations. As an environmental advocate, Jeff sees the value of solar energy as part of an environmentally and economically viable solution to America’s energy needs. Additionally, using solar increased his awareness of how he consumes electricity. He and his wife Bonnie have reduced electrical household demand substantially through energy efficiency and conservation measures.

    Learn more and register here

    • 18 Apr 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Jefferson Tap, 325 N Jefferson St, Chicago, IL 60661
    Register


    Join ISEA for Monthly Solar Drinks at Jefferson Tap!

    Have some fun after hours and network with the solar industry in Illinois!

    Cash bar.

    Jefferson Tap
    325 N Jefferson St
    Chicago, IL 60661

    We encourage you to register, but it is not required.
    • 30 Apr 2019
    • 02 May 2019
    • Chicago Marriott Naperville, 1801 North Naper Boulevard, Naperville, IL 60563
    Register


    Spearheaded by FEJA, the Future Energy Jobs Act, Illinois is a hotspot that continues to attract top renewable developers to the state. New in 2019, the Illinois Power Authority looks to procure solar energy on behalf of its utilities through the Adjustable Block Program and Solar for All Program. In addition, the NextGrid study demonstrates Illinois’ commitment to energy innovation, stimulating utility investments for grid modernization.

    Illinois is in a transition, however, and uncertainty is increasing. A notable portion of the legislature is newly elected, coal plants are being decommissioned, and the PTC will begin phasing out after 2020. There is a shift from wind to solar development, and a new focus on distributed generation.

    Don’t miss the Illinois Energy Market Executive Briefing: Attend the Executive Briefing to get the latest information on how Illinois will transition into the Utility of the Future. Learn about utility investment plans, ratemaking, energy usage trends, and more!

    Attend Infocast’s Illinois Energy Market Summit to network with the entire renewable energy community, establish key connections, and gain valuable market insight:

    • Hear from the IPA and InClime on the Adjustable Block Program and Elevate Energy on Solar-for-All development opportunities
    • Track legislative changes and evolving RPS targets
    • Get the latest from FERC and PJM on capacity market reforms, ZECs, and impacts on renewable energy
    • Meet renewable developers who are active in Illinois to gain the knowledge to succeed in this hot market

    Learn more here. ISEA Business Members get 10% off registration! In order to get the discount code, sign into your ISEA account and register on our event. Your code will be sent to you in a confirmation email. Then, use that code to register on the convention website.

    • 16 May 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Jefferson Tap, 325 N Jefferson St, Chicago, IL 60661
    Register


    Join ISEA for Monthly Solar Drinks at Jefferson Tap!

    Have some fun after hours and network with the solar industry in Illinois!

    Cash bar.

    Jefferson Tap
    325 N Jefferson St
    Chicago, IL 60661

    We encourage you to register, but it is not required.
    • 20 Jun 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Jefferson Tap, 325 N Jefferson St, Chicago, IL 60661
    Register


    Join ISEA for Monthly Solar Drinks at Jefferson Tap!

    Have some fun after hours and network with the solar industry in Illinois!

    Cash bar.

    Jefferson Tap
    325 N Jefferson St
    Chicago, IL 60661

    We encourage you to register, but it is not required.
    • 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.

    Tickets

    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).

    • 18 Jul 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Jefferson Tap, 325 N Jefferson St, Chicago, IL 60661
    Register


    Join ISEA for Monthly Solar Drinks at Jefferson Tap!

    Have some fun after hours and network with the solar industry in Illinois!

    Cash bar.

    Jefferson Tap
    325 N Jefferson St
    Chicago, IL 60661

    We encourage you to register, but it is not required.


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