ISEA Policy Blog

Welcome to the ISEA Policy Blog. Catch up on the latest issues related to the adoption of solar and small wind energy in Illinois. We welcome your feedback and referral of newsworthy developments. 

  • 03 Oct 2010 9:48 AM | Michelle Hickey
    Commercial scale pv array, solar thermal for domestic hot water and space heating, and geothermal.

  • 03 Oct 2010 9:43 AM | Michelle Hickey
    7.6 kW Solar PV on garage to power equipment to rehab home.  Home has solar thermal for radiant floor heating and domestic hot water.

  • 02 Oct 2010 8:37 PM | Michelle Hickey
    Eilert home has a 1.8 kW horizontal axis turbine and a 2 kW pv system.

  • 02 Oct 2010 7:16 PM | Michelle Hickey
    Robinson Home with Solar thermal, pole-mounted pv and a wind turbine.
    Where are the blades?

    Their turbine catches "squirrelly" wind and caused damage to the blades.  They are looking at a vertical axis design.

  • 02 Oct 2010 2:22 PM | Michelle Hickey
    This home has solar photovoltaic, green roof, passive solar design, prairie landscaping....  The first photo shows the pipes coming from the panels to the inverter and meter.  The second and third photos show the green roof, and the edges of the panel near the chimney.

  • 02 Oct 2010 2:16 PM | Michelle Hickey
    Second Stop - the Camasto house in Naperville with Solar Thermal and Solar Photovoltaic.

    Met up with a bike tour participant.

  • 02 Oct 2010 2:08 PM | Michelle Hickey
    Started the tour at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute in Alsip at  9:00 am.

  • 02 Oct 2010 8:14 AM | Michelle Hickey
    Crain's Chicago ranked the Illinois Solar Tour #2 on their top 10 things to do this weekend.  Join the thousands of attendees in Illinois touring homes and business with renewable energy installations, passive solar design, and energy efficiency improvements.

    Read the Crain's Top 10 list
  • 22 Sep 2010 9:10 AM | Michelle Hickey
    Joliet environmentalists hope to cover all of their home-energy needs with solar panels

    It's been an exciting week for Bill and Betty Lorch, having equipped themselves for what is believed to be the first solar-powered house in Joliet.

    "He's been running in the house every so often saying, 'The meter's going backward! The meter's going backward!'" Betty said.

    ...The goal is to generate enough power with the 28 solar panels on their house and garage that the Lorches can cover household energy needs through the course of a year.

    Or, as Bill Lorch puts it: "I don't owe ComEd nothin' and they don't owe me nothin'. That's what we're shootin' for." (read full article in Chicago Sun Times)

    John Caravette (from left) Shawn Clouser
    and Rob Carlson (top) of Earth, Wind and
    Solar Energy LLC. install solar panels on the
    roof of Bill and Betty Lorch's home in Joliet.

    (Michael R. Schmidt/Staff Photographer)

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