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



    • 25 Jul 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • John A Logan College, 700 Logan College Dr, Carterville, IL 62918

     LOOKING TO THE FUTURE - Growing New Energy Jobs Downstate 

     

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 • John A. Logan College • 1PM to 4:30pm

         

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017 • Southeastern Illinois College • 9AM to 12:30PM

     

    FREE  - REGISTER HERE

    RSVP's requested


    Let's Bring Those New Energy Jobs to Southern Illinois!

    The purpose of the upcoming July forums is to learn how to take advantage of the opportunities of the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) to prepare the way for local, job-creating projects. This second round responds to feedback we received from attendees during meetings held this past June. Because many of the new law's incentives and programs will provide access to solar energy, job training and jobs in low-income communities, we'll have a workshop specifically dedicated to the Illinois Solar for All Program.


    Five Workshops Offered Two Days / Two Locations

    The same five workshops will be offered at half-day events at both John A. Logan College and Southeastern College. Attendees will be able to choose from two of the five, since several will be offered concurrently. If you want to take advantage of more than two, please don't hesitate to register for both days. Remember - these forums are free.


    ​Here's what we are offering:


    1PM to 1:50PM, John A. Logan College

    9AM to 9:50AM, Southeastern Illinois College


    Welcome and Introducing Workshops

    Pam Richart, Co-Director, Eco-Justice Collaborative


    Overview of FEJA - What Is Important to Know Going into Workshops

    Shannon Fulton, Director of Business Development, StraightUp Solar and Past President, Illinois Solar Energy Association


    2PM to 3:15PM, John A. Logan College

    10AM to 11:15 AM, Southeastern Illinois College


    What is community solar and what are its benefits?

    Michelle Knox, Founder and Director, WindSolarUSA and member, Illinois Solar Energy Association


    OR


    What is the Solar for All program, and why is it important?

    Erica Mackie, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, GRID ALTERNATIVES (and SIU graduate)

    ​Shannon Fulton, Director of Business Development, StraightUp Solar and Past President, Illinois Solar Energy Association


    3:30PM to 4:30PM, John A. Logan College

    11:30AM to 12:30PM, Southeastern Illinois College


    How to work with municipal utilities and rural electric cooperatives.

    Michelle Knox, Founder and Director, WindSolarUSA and member, Illinois Solar Energy Association


    OR


    I have a project in mind. What do I need to know to build it?

    ​Shannon Fulton, Director of Business Development, StraightUp Solar and Past President, Illinois Solar Energy Association


    OR


    How do I get into the solar field, and what qualifications do I need to have?

    Aur Beck, Founder and Chief Technician, Advanced Energy Solutions Group, Inc. and member Illinois Solar Energy Association


    Agendas for each location that include workshop descriptions can be viewed or downloaded by clicking "Click here for an agenda" under each location, below.


    Questions?

    If you have questions or need help registering, call Lan or Pam at 773.556.3417 / 3418 or 217. 607.1948.

     

    Now is the time to help prepare southern Illinois residents, businesses and community leaders to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the Future Energy Jobs Act. These new energy projects can boost local economies, create jobs, keep hardworking families in the area, and maintain the region's legacy as a top energy producer. Hope to see you there!


    FORUM DETAILS

     

    Tuesday Afternoon, July 25, 2017 

    1:00pm to 4:30pm (doors open at 12:30pm)

    John A. Logan College Conference Center • Room 103

    700 Logan College Drive • Carterville, IL 62918

    FREE - REGISTER HERE

    Click for an agenda

     

    - OR -

      

    Wednesday Morning, July 26, 2017 

    9am to 12:30pm (doors open at 8:30am)

    Southeastern Illinois College • B137 Private Dining Room

    3575 College Rd • Harrisburg, IL 62946

    FREE - REGISTER HERE

    Click for an agenda





    • 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!

    • 26 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Southeastern Illinois College, 3575 College Rd, Harrisburg, IL 62946

     LOOKING TO THE FUTURE - Growing New Energy Jobs Downstate 

     

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 • John A. Logan College • 1PM to 4:30pm

         

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017 • Southeastern Illinois College • 9AM to 12:30PM

     

    FREE  - REGISTER HERE

    RSVP's requested


    Let's Bring Those New Energy Jobs to Southern Illinois!

    The purpose of the upcoming July forums is to learn how to take advantage of the opportunities of the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) to prepare the way for local, job-creating projects. This second round responds to feedback we received from attendees during meetings held this past June. Because many of the new law's incentives and programs will provide access to solar energy, job training and jobs in low-income communities, we'll have a workshop specifically dedicated to the Illinois Solar for All Program.


    Five Workshops Offered Two Days / Two Locations

    The same five workshops will be offered at half-day events at both John A. Logan College and Southeastern College. Attendees will be able to choose from two of the five, since several will be offered concurrently. If you want to take advantage of more than two, please don't hesitate to register for both days. Remember - these forums are free.


    ​Here's what we are offering:


    1PM to 1:50PM, John A. Logan College

    9AM to 9:50AM, Southeastern Illinois College


    Welcome and Introducing Workshops

    Pam Richart, Co-Director, Eco-Justice Collaborative


    Overview of FEJA - What Is Important to Know Going into Workshops

    Shannon Fulton, Director of Business Development, StraightUp Solar and Past President, Illinois Solar Energy Association


    2PM to 3:15PM, John A. Logan College

    10AM to 11:15 AM, Southeastern Illinois College


    What is community solar and what are its benefits?

    Michelle Knox, Founder and Director, WindSolarUSA and member, Illinois Solar Energy Association


    OR


    What is the Solar for All program, and why is it important?

    Erica Mackie, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, GRID ALTERNATIVES (and SIU graduate)

    ​Shannon Fulton, Director of Business Development, StraightUp Solar and Past President, Illinois Solar Energy Association


    3:30PM to 4:30PM, John A. Logan College

    11:30AM to 12:30PM, Southeastern Illinois College


    How to work with municipal utilities and rural electric cooperatives.

    Michelle Knox, Founder and Director, WindSolarUSA and member, Illinois Solar Energy Association


    OR


    I have a project in mind. What do I need to know to build it?

    ​Shannon Fulton, Director of Business Development, StraightUp Solar and Past President, Illinois Solar Energy Association


    OR


    How do I get into the solar field, and what qualifications do I need to have?

    Aur Beck, Founder and Chief Technician, Advanced Energy Solutions Group, Inc. and member Illinois Solar Energy Association


    Agendas for each location that include workshop descriptions can be viewed or downloaded by clicking "Click here for an agenda" under each location, below.


    Questions?

    If you have questions or need help registering, call Lan or Pam at 773.556.3417 / 3418 or 217. 607.1948.

     

    Now is the time to help prepare southern Illinois residents, businesses and community leaders to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the Future Energy Jobs Act. These new energy projects can boost local economies, create jobs, keep hardworking families in the area, and maintain the region's legacy as a top energy producer. Hope to see you there!


    FORUM DETAILS

     

    Tuesday Afternoon, July 25, 2017 

    1:00pm to 4:30pm (doors open at 12:30pm)

    John A. Logan College Conference Center • Room 103

    700 Logan College Drive • Carterville, IL 62918

    FREE - REGISTER HERE

    Click for an agenda

     

    - OR -

      

    Wednesday Morning, July 26, 2017 

    9am to 12:30pm (doors open at 8:30am)

    Southeastern Illinois College • B137 Private Dining Room

    3575 College Rd • Harrisburg, IL 62946

    FREE - REGISTER HERE

    Click for an agenda





    • 29 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • The Conservation Foundation, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL 60565
    • 5
    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 Aug 2017
    • 15 Aug 2017
    • Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago, 163 E Walton Place, Chicago, IL 60611



    ISEA is a proud Sponsor of EUCI’s Optimizing the Interconnection Process Conference, August 14-15 in Chicago. This conference will serve as a forum for all entities involved in the interconnection process to review process and technical issues for interconnecting grid-scale renewable energy and Distributed Energy Resource (DER) projects.


    ISEA members receive a 10% discount with code OIPISEA. Register Online or contact Amanda Cramer acramer@euci.com720-988-1227


    Early bird pricing ends 7/28/2017!


    • 15 Aug 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Indian Trails Public Library, 355 Schoenbeck Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090

    Jeffrey Gahris of the Illinois Solar Energy Association will teach you all about powering your home with the sun. In this easy to understand introduction, learn the basics of solar energy, how it works in Illinois, the myths, and the financial benefits of installing solar panels on your roof or in your backyard. Registration required and can be accessed by clicking here


    If you have any questions, contact:

    Adult Services

    8474594100 x312

    adult@itpld.org



    • 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**

    • 05 Oct 2017
    • Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091

    Join Solar Ambassadors Jay Futterman and Bob Walker as they talk about their experiences with solar energy at the Wilmette Public Library!

    • 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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