Calendar of Events

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

    • 18 Apr 2017
    • 21 Nov 2017
    • 8 sessions
    • Webinar

    Join ISEA for our monthly public webinar to learn about solar! Our 1-hour presentations outline how solar works and will answer questions you may have!


    Register to attend one or all of the webinars here: 

    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/2620478537097213185



    • 24 Jun 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • The Conservation Foundation, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL 60565
    • 8
    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.

    • 11 Jul 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 13 Jul 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Moscone Center West Hall: 800 Howard Street San Francisco, CA 94103

    Since its establishment in 2008, Intersolar North America has become the most attended solar event and the premier networking platform for the North American solar industry. Co-located with ees North America and SEMICON West, it takes place annually at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, the United States’ pioneering solar market.The event’s exhibition and conference both focus on the areas of photovoltaics, PV production technologies, energy storage and solar thermal technologies. Since being founded, Intersolar has become the most important industry platform for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners of the global solar industry. A total of 554 exhibitors and more than 18,000 trade visitors participated in Intersolar North America in 2016. The conference featured 39 sessions and 23 workshops with more than 200 speakers.


    To learn more and register, click here.

    • 13 Jul 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Webinar

    This monthly policy webinar is open to ISEA business members and by invitation only.


    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


    -

    ISEA monthly policy webinars are intended to provide the Illinois solar industry with up to date information on current policy activities, as well as educate ISEA business members on opportunities that have the potential increase your business.


    The ISEA policy committee, comprised of Illinois industry leaders, as well as guest experts, share their knowledge and experience with attendees.


    Recordings of ISEA policy webinars are made available to ISEA business members. In order to view the most recent webinar:

    1. Log into your ISEA account
    2. And then click here to view a recording of the webinar.
    • 15 Jul 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Troy

    Join Kevin McKee at his 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. 


    Further details will be sent to registrants closer to the date of the event.

    • 15 Jul 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 16 Jul 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • 8232 Pueblo Dr, Rockford, IL

    Join ISEA Solar Ambassador Klaus Hoffman at his home to learn about both his solar experience and his environmentally beneficial garden! 


    "Inspired by Sara Stein’s book Noah’s Garden, the plants here don’t just look good, they offer many environmental benefits. Trees on the west side form a wind break. Both native and non-native plants produce food. Wetland plants help solve a water problem. A great variety of native trees, small trees, and shrubs form hedgerows that act as wildlife corridors. Sculptures are created with gathered natural materials, and a cactus garden features the native prickly pear cactus. Learn from the homeowner how solar panels on the roof provide electricity and hot water."


    For more information about other stops on the Wild Ones Natural Yards Tour, click here.


    • 25 Jul 2017
    • 5:30 PM
    • 101 E Main St, Rockton, IL 61072

    Join our Solar Ambassadors at the Talcott Free Library in Rockton, IL for a presentation on how to go solar!

    • 29 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • The Conservation Foundation, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL 60565
    • 11
    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


    8.0 credit hours for WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifiers
    7.5 credit hours for WI Commercial Electrical Inspectors
    7.5 credit hours for WI Journeyman and Master Electricians
    7.5 credit hours for WI UDC - Electrical Inspectors


    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**

    • 10 Aug 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Webinar

    This monthly policy webinar is open to ISEA business members and by invitation only.


    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


    -

    ISEA monthly policy webinars are intended to provide the Illinois solar industry with up to date information on current policy activities, as well as educate ISEA business members on opportunities that have the potential increase your business.


    The ISEA policy committee, comprised of Illinois industry leaders, as well as guest experts, share their knowledge and experience with attendees.


    Recordings of ISEA policy webinars are made available to ISEA business members. In order to view the most recent webinar:

    1. Log into your ISEA account
    2. And then click here to view a recording of the webinar.
    • 14 Sep 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Webinar

    This monthly policy webinar is open to ISEA business members and by invitation only.


    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


    -

    ISEA monthly policy webinars are intended to provide the Illinois solar industry with up to date information on current policy activities, as well as educate ISEA business members on opportunities that have the potential increase your business.


    The ISEA policy committee, comprised of Illinois industry leaders, as well as guest experts, share their knowledge and experience with attendees.


    Recordings of ISEA policy webinars are made available to ISEA business members. In order to view the most recent webinar:

    1. Log into your ISEA account
    2. And then click here to view a recording of the webinar.
    • 23 Sep 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • The Conservation Foundation, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL 60565
    • 14
    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


    8.0 credit hours for WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifiers
    7.5 credit hours for WI Commercial Electrical Inspectors
    7.5 credit hours for WI Journeyman and Master Electricians
    7.5 credit hours for WI UDC - Electrical Inspectors


    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 Oct 2017
    • 12 Oct 2017
    • Denver, Colorado

    SOLAR 2017 is the American Solar Energy Society’s 46th annual National Solar Conference. It will be held at the University of Colorado, Denver, October 9-12, 2017. It will include technical sessions, forum discussions, plenary panels, workshops, fast-paced switch~ presentations, public solar displays, and networking events. 

    SOLAR 2017 is an integral part of the two-week U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, being held in Denver Colorado. The Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design and build full-size, solar-powered homes that push the limits of innovation in a series of 10 contests.

    The winner of the competition is the team that best blends design excellence and smart energy production with innovation, market appeal, and energy and water efficiency.

    In addition to SOLAR 2017, ASES is working with the Solar Decathlon organizing team to maximize interest in solar energy through sustainability and educational workshops and festivals.  The Solar Decathlon and related events will be happening October 5-15.  

     

    “Building Toward a 100% Renewable Energy Community” 
    This 2017 theme underscores our close connection with the Solar Decathlon which is all about buildings, our ASES mission of enabling a 100% RE society, and the importance of ASES as a community building as well as knowledge sharing organization.

    To learn more and register, click here.


    • 12 Oct 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Webinar

    This monthly policy webinar is open to ISEA business members and by invitation only.


    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


    -

    ISEA monthly policy webinars are intended to provide the Illinois solar industry with up to date information on current policy activities, as well as educate ISEA business members on opportunities that have the potential increase your business.


    The ISEA policy committee, comprised of Illinois industry leaders, as well as guest experts, share their knowledge and experience with attendees.


    Recordings of ISEA policy webinars are made available to ISEA business members. In order to view the most recent webinar:

    1. Log into your ISEA account
    2. And then click here to view a recording of the webinar.
    • 14 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • The Conservation Foundation, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL 60565
    • 14
    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


    8.0 credit hours for WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifiers
    7.5 credit hours for WI Commercial Electrical Inspectors
    7.5 credit hours for WI Journeyman and Master Electricians
    7.5 credit hours for WI UDC - Electrical Inspectors


    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**

    • 04 Nov 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • The Conservation Foundation, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL 60565
    • 11
    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.

    • 09 Nov 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Webinar

    This monthly policy webinar is open to ISEA business members and by invitation only.


    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


    -

    ISEA monthly policy webinars are intended to provide the Illinois solar industry with up to date information on current policy activities, as well as educate ISEA business members on opportunities that have the potential increase your business.


    The ISEA policy committee, comprised of Illinois industry leaders, as well as guest experts, share their knowledge and experience with attendees.


    Recordings of ISEA policy webinars are made available to ISEA business members. In order to view the most recent webinar:

    1. Log into your ISEA account
    2. And then click here to view a recording of the webinar.
    • 14 Dec 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Webinar

    This monthly policy webinar is open to ISEA business members and by invitation only.


    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


    -

    ISEA monthly policy webinars are intended to provide the Illinois solar industry with up to date information on current policy activities, as well as educate ISEA business members on opportunities that have the potential increase your business.


    The ISEA policy committee, comprised of Illinois industry leaders, as well as guest experts, share their knowledge and experience with attendees.


    Recordings of ISEA policy webinars are made available to ISEA business members. In order to view the most recent webinar:

    1. Log into your ISEA account
    2. And then click here to view a recording of the webinar.

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