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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

    • 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.

    • 28 Jun 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • ICC Main Hearing Room, Chicago

    Second Distributed Generation Valuation and Compensation Workshop Scheduled for June 28th

    The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) will further explore distributed generation valuation and compensation options for Illinois at a second informal workshop on June 28, 2018 starting at 1 pm in the ICC main hearing room in Chicago, IL.

    Stakeholders are invited to actively participate in the workshop, and provide written comments on a second white paper which is expected to be completed and posted on the ICC website for review in early June. Following the workshop, the ICC will accept written comments until July 29th, with a final report expected in the fall.

    The initial workshop held on March 1, 2018 summarized what other states were doing and spearheaded the discussion of what distributed generation valuation and compensation might look like in Illinois. The second white paper will outline various distributed generation valuation and compensation options for Illinois, taking into consideration data needs and availability, and input received from stakeholders.

    The Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) requires Illinois’ large investor-owned utilities to file tariffs with the ICC requesting approval to provide rebates to retail customers that own distributed generation. The ICC is responsible for determining a formula for calculating the value of rebates for retail customers, reflecting the value of the distributed generation, and considering geographic, time-based, and performance-based benefits, for present and future grid needs.

    These workshops are being coordinated by the ICC with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office Analytical Support Program for Public Utility Commissions. The ICC, DOE, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are partnering together to explore a distributed generation rebate structure for Illinois in advance of any formal proceedings.

    Pertinent information related to the distributed generation valuation and compensation workshops can be found here.    

    • 30 Jun 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • The Conservation Foundation, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL 60565
    • 5
    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


    Basic PV (PV 101) or equivalent


    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.


    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

    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.

    • 02 Aug 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • TopGolf Naperville, 3211 Odyssey Ct, Naperville, IL 60563

    Tee off with ISEA!

    Join ISEA on the evening of August 2nd at TopGolf Naperville! Kick back and relax for a fun evening of food, drinks, and golf with the solar community.

    TopGolf is "the premier entertainment and event venue with fun point-scoring golf games for all skill levels, upscale bar food and drinks, great music and more!" Check out their website at https://topgolf.com/us/naperville/

    Appetizers will be provided. Cash bar.

    Thank you to our sponsors!

    • 05 Sep 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Main Hearing Room, 160 N. LaSalle, 8th Fl, Chicago, IL 60601

    The Illinois Commerce Commission will hold its annual Supplier Diversity Policy Session on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 8:30 to 12 noon.

    The Policy Session will focus on the state of supplier diversity, including challenges, best practices, and innovative ideas to promote supplier diversity in Illinois. This year’s session will focus on addressing structural impediments to achieving supplier diversity goals and on professional services.

    The 2017 Supplier Diversity reports, filed with the Commission in April 2018, can be found here.

    Attend live at the ICC Main Hearing Room, 160 N. LaSalle, 8th Fl, Chicago, IL 60601

    Via Video Conference at the Leland Building, 527 East Capitol Ave, Springfield, IL 62701

    Or via Audio Stream on the ICC website

    • 22 Sep 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Illinois - Statewide

    Register to attend the 2018 Illinois Solar Tour!!

    The Illinois Solar Tour is a FREE PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE to demonstrate how Illinois homes and businesses are using solar, wind, geothermal, passive solar design, and energy efficiency to be energy independent.
    Renewable energy system owners and installers will be providing the tours and can answer your questions on how you too can harness the power of the sun and wind to fuel your home and business.

    Join your neighbors to:

    • Learn how solar home and business owners are becoming energy independent
    • Meet people who have renewable energy installations
    • Learn about the technology options and see how they are installed
    • Hear how different renewable energy technologies work together
    • Find out all of the ways you can use clean energy to power your life!
    Register and attend the Solar Tour to be entered into a drawing to win a free solar cell phone charger!
    View more information on our Solar Tour Page
    A National Event
    The ISEA Illinois Solar Tour is part of the American Solar Energy Society’s (ASES) National Solar Tour event, “the largest grassroots solar event in history.” More than 160,000 participants will visit some 5,500 buildings in 3,200 communities across the U.S. on tour day.
    Thank you to our sponsors!



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