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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

    • 31 May 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Webinar

    As energy markets continue their rapid evolution, brightfield development is shifting into a new phase of growth. Hear first-hand updates from solar leadership in leading solar states. Get a national overview of the current brightfield market and a synopsis of state solar policy, including preferences coming to the EPA Brownfields Grant Program as a result of the recently passed BUILD Act.

    This brightfield webinar will also introduce some terrific new materials walking through the development solar projects through each step of the project development pathway developed jointly by EPA, DOE and NREL. Expect to takeaway actionable information and the latest resources available to would-be brightfield heroes, particularly for cities and communities pursuing solar projects in the public sector.

    Learn more and register here.

    • 02 Jun 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • The Conservation Foundation, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL 60565
    • 4
    Register
    PV 101 (Introduction to Photovoltaics)
    Course Description

    This one-day course uses a combination of lecture and classroom activities to teach the basics of solar electric systems. Participants will learn how photovoltaic (PV) systems work, diagram the four PV system types, describe and identify components, understand the best application and limitations of each system type, define the solar window, make energy efficiency recommendations, estimate system loads, and understand the basics of PV site assessment.


    The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) and ISEA  train individuals to provide renewable energy assessment and consumer education, with Programs accredited by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) that provide skills and training needed by professionals engaging consumers in renewable energy systems for their homes and businesses.



    Course Objectives

    Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

    Define photovoltaics
    Explain how photovoltaic systems work
    Diagram the four system types
    Describe and identify components of a photovoltaic system
    Identify the best application and limitations of each system type
    Define the solar window
    Use Ohm's Law
    Read an electric utility bill
    Estimate electrical loads
    Make energy efficiency recommendations
    Identify PV mounting types
    Explain the basics of a PV site assessment
    Calculate system costs
    Describe financial incentives for PV


    Fees for ISEA members: $95

    For non-members: $125*


    *You can become an ISEA Individual Member for $45 a year to receive the member rate, in addition to other membership benefits. Learn more by clicking here.


    Fees must be paid PRIOR to attending the class.


    **PLEASE BRING A LUNCH**

    • 09 Jun 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • The Conservation Foundation, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL 60565
    • 12
    Register
    PV 101 (Introduction to Photovoltaics)
    Course Description

    This one-day course uses a combination of lecture and classroom activities to teach the basics of solar electric systems. Participants will learn how photovoltaic (PV) systems work, diagram the four PV system types, describe and identify components, understand the best application and limitations of each system type, define the solar window, make energy efficiency recommendations, estimate system loads, and understand the basics of PV site assessment.


    The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) and ISEA  train individuals to provide renewable energy assessment and consumer education, with Programs accredited by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) that provide skills and training needed by professionals engaging consumers in renewable energy systems for their homes and businesses.



    Course Objectives

    Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

    Define photovoltaics
    Explain how photovoltaic systems work
    Diagram the four system types
    Describe and identify components of a photovoltaic system
    Identify the best application and limitations of each system type
    Define the solar window
    Use Ohm's Law
    Read an electric utility bill
    Estimate electrical loads
    Make energy efficiency recommendations
    Identify PV mounting types
    Explain the basics of a PV site assessment
    Calculate system costs
    Describe financial incentives for PV


    Fees for ISEA members: $95

    For non-members: $125*


    *You can become an ISEA Individual Member for $45 a year to receive the member rate, in addition to other membership benefits. Learn more by clicking here.


    Fees must be paid PRIOR to attending the class.


    **PLEASE BRING A LUNCH**

    • 12 Jun 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 160 N. LaSalle St, Chicago, Illinois, in the 5th floor auditorium (C-500)

    The Illinois Power Agency announces a workshop to discuss 2018 Forward Procurements (for RECs from new utility-scale wind, utility-scale solar, and brownfield site photovoltaic projects).

    The Illinois Power Agency will hold a workshop on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 from 1pm to 5pm Central Time to discuss the upcoming Forward Procurements scheduled to be conducted in 2018, namely:

    • 2 million RECs delivered annually from new utility-scale wind projects (projects over 2 MW). Project application window opens August 24, bid date October 3. Commission decision October 10.
    • 2 million RECs delivered annually from new utility-scale solar projects (projects over 2 MW). Project application window opens October 18, bid date November 28. Commission decision December 4.
    • 80,000 RECs delivered annually from new brownfield site photovoltaic projects. Project application window opens October 18, bid date November 28. Commission decision December 4.

    Dates listed are preliminary and subject to change. These Procurements are pursuant to the Agency’s Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan that was approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission on April 3, 2018.

    This workshop will only be to discuss the Forward Procurements. Announcements regarding the Adjustable Block and Illinois Solar for All Programs (to support photovoltaic distributed generation and community solar) will be made at a later date.

    The workshop will be held at 160 N. LaSalle St, Chicago, Illinois, in the 5th floor auditorium (C-500).

    To RSVP please send an email to IPA.contactus@illinois.gov. A call-in number will be available upon request.

    Topics to be discussed will include:

    • Project application requirements
    • Credit and collateral provisions
    • Key contract terms

    As described in the Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan contracts will be 15-year fixed price REC-only contracts. A more detailed agenda will be posted prior to the workshop.

    Following the workshop the Agency will provide stakeholders an opportunity to provide written feedback on the topics discussed at the workshop. In the latter part of July, there will also be an opportunity for parties to provide comments on draft contracts.


    • 13 Jun 2018
    • 15 Jun 2018
    • Crowne Plaza Chicago West Loop, 733 West Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60661
    Register

    Capitalize on New Opportunities in America's Next Clean Energy Hot Spot

    The clean energy market is ready to erupt in Illinois. Backed by progressive leadership, NextGrid and the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) signal a new era for the state and open the door to significant renewable energy opportunities.

    Most notably, FEJA requires investments in in-state renewable energy, approximately 4,300 MWs in solar and wind projects. Illinois ranks first in the nation for Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) and second nationally in grid modernization.
     
    Illinois Energy Market Summit 2018 will bring policy-makers, RTO executives, utilities, municipalities and cooperatives together with the energy supply chain to provide the latest information on opportunities, uncertainties and strategies for future success in Illinois.

    Click here to register

    If you are an ISEA Business Member, you can get a 10% discount on registration! Simply sign into your ISEA account and register on our website and an email with the code will be sent to you.


    • 15 Jun 2018
    • 17 Jun 2018
    • 7558 Deer Road, Custer, WI 54423

    Now in its 29th year, The Energy Fair brings over 13,000 people together to learn about clean energy and sustainability, connect with others, and take action towards a sustainable future. The Fair features interactive workshops, exhibitors, live music, inspiring keynote speakers, family fun, great local food, and more. Organized by theMidwest Renewable Energy Association, The Energy Fair is the longest-running event of its kind in the nation. People who attend are empowered to support renewable energy, efficiency, and sustainable living including home and land owners, educators, energy professionals, architects, builders, contractors, utilities, environmental advocates, and unions. 

    Click here to learn more and buy tickets!

    • 20 Jun 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • The Conservation Foundation, McDonald Farm, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville
    Register

    Celebrate the longest day of the year by embracing the power of solar energy at a Summer Solstice Social on Wednesday, June 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at McDonald Farm in Naperville.

    The Social is co-sponsored by The Conservation Foundation, the Illinois Solar Energy Association, and the Resiliency Institute, and will highlight new technologies at the Farm from this amazing renewable resource.

    Visitors will enjoy a presentation on the value of solar energy by a solar ambassador and learn about The Conservation Foundation’s solar panels mounted on the barn roof. After a quick tour of the panels and other eco-friendly features such as the wind turbine that are part of the 60-acre headquarters, visitors can enjoy light refreshments and socialize with other solar enthusiasts. See also a permaculture demonstration garden at the Farm.

    The evening is topped off with the greatest show of all: the sunset marking the beginning of the Earth’s rotation from its furthest point from the equator, onward toward the winter solstice when daylight is the shortest before the cycle continues again. We will event have a telescope available for some stargazing.  What a great way to celebrate the summer solstice!

    The Conservation Foundation is one of the region’s oldest and largest not-for-profit land and watershed conservation organizations. Since it was founded in 1972, TCF has helped preserve nearly 33,000 acres of open space, restored and cleaned miles of rivers and streams, and educated thousands of kids by engaging them in nature and the outdoors. Work is focused in DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will Counties to preserve and restore nature in your neighborhood. Find out more at theconservationfoundation.org.

    The Resiliency Institute uses permaculture education, growing food security projects, and community engagement to build resilient communities. Find more details at http://www.theresiliencyinstitute.net/

    Registration will be capped at 30, so sign up now!

    • 21 Jun 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • UI Labs, 1415 North Cherry Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642
    Register

    The Illinois solar market is about to explode! Join us on June 21, 2018 for a 1-day event of networking, deal making and learning. Meet with leading investors, project developers, policy-makers and other stakeholders at SolarWakeup Live! Chicago – Dealmaker Series to get ahead in the Windy City’s solar rush. Sponsorships available. 

    Register here: www.solarwakeuplive.com

    ISEA Business Members get 15% off registration! Log into your ISEA account and register on our calendar event to receive the discount code. Then, use that code to purchase registration on the SolarWakeup website!

    • 27 Jun 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • 160 N LaSalle St, Suite C-800, Chicago, IL 60601

    Please join Acting Commissioner Anastasia Palivos for a Policy Session exploring the future of energy storage.

    One of the biggest challenges facing the integration of renewable energy resources like wind, solar, and other alternatives, is a lack in commensurate development of energy storage technology and deployment.

    While capital costs of renewable energy integration have decreased, the high cost associated with widespread energy storage technology, along with other regulatory permitting and utility-related design barriers, remains an issue.

    While Illinois' Future Energy Jobs Act created an opportunity for increased renewable energy procurement, and the state is already seeing more renewable development, one piece of the puzzle is missing: increased energy storage technology and streamlined regulations for steady growth of a more resilient grid.

    This ICC Policy Session will feature panels intended to provide an overview of the technology and history of energy storage; discuss how different types of energy storage operate and integrate with the electric grid; consider the current legal and regulatory framework; and how best practices employed in other states may help Illinois match its renewable resources expansion with sufficient energy storage for grid efficiency.


    • 30 Jun 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • The Conservation Foundation, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL 60565
    • 9
    Register
    PV 201 (PV Site Assessment)

    The Site Assessment Certificate Program is a program of the MREA offered through the Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA), a recognized training provider. The MREA/ISEA  Site Assessment Certificate Program trains individuals to provide site-specific renewable energy assessment and consumer education. Since August of 2012, the PV Site Assessment Certificate Program has been accredited by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).

    The MREA /ISEA Site Assessor Certificate provides skills training needed by professionals engaging consumers in renewable energy systems for their homes and businesses. Site assessors evaluate the energy consumption of a household or business, as well as the solar or wind resource at the location. They help clients understand system options and their benefits. They work with clients to recommend the site and size of the solar or wind system that will best fit their needs. Site assessors also estimate system production and identify the cost, incentives, and financing options available.


    Course Description
    Participants in this eight-hour course will learn how to perform a PV site assessment for a home or small business. The course will cover site assessment tools, load analysis, energy efficiency recommendations, array placement options, basic system sizing, cost estimates, and evaluating existing infrastructure on site. Participants will learn how to access online tools for solar resource analysis, PV system performance calculators, and incentives.

    Course Objectives
    Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
    • Use site assessment tools
    • Size a PV system
    • Recommend a PV system type to meet a home or owner's goals
    • Identify and recommend steps for energy efficiency
    • Perform a load analysis
    • Identify and recommend array placement options
    • Quantify the solar resource
    • Provide a general cost estimate
    • Write a PV site assessment report
    • Use web-based performance calculators
    • Provide installer and equipment vendor information


    Prerequisites:

    Basic PV (PV 101) or equivalent


    Fees:

    For ISEA members: $265

    For non-members: $295*


    *You can become an ISEA Individual Member for $45 a year to receive the member rate, in addition to other membership benefits. Learn more by clicking here.


    Fees must be paid PRIOR to attending the class.


    **PLEASE BRING A LUNCH**


    This course requires an additional $75 fee per practice report (two required) for the Certificate.

    PV 101 is a prerequisite for this course.


    Please bring your laptop with you to class as all of the course work will be online.

    • 08 Jul 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Wheaton, IL
    Register

    Join Jeff and Bonnie Gahris at their home for a Solar Social!

    This is a great opportunity to learn about how solar works, and how to install it in your own home from someone who's done it before.

    Registration is capped at 15. Further details will be sent to registrants closer to the date.



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