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. 

  • 17 Mar 2010 9:35 AM | Michelle Hickey
    Join this debate at The Economist with moderator, Oliver Morton, and participating experts Van Jones, author of The Green-Collar Economy, and Andrew Morriss, Professor of Law and Professor of Business at University of Illinois College of Law.

    Van Jones: The private sector—not the government—can and must be the main driver in creating green jobs. The scale of the transition to cleaner, lower-carbon energy sources is simply too large for the public sector to tackle alone.

    Andrew Morriss: Governments should not try to choose technological winners and losers and so they should not promote "green" (or "red" or "purple") jobs. Instead, we should leave that to the marketplace.
  • 17 Mar 2010 9:30 AM | Michelle Hickey

    March 15 (Bloomberg) -- The burgeoning U.S. wind-energy industry will fail to reach its potential without help from Congress in setting a national renewable-power standard and revamping the electric grid, governors from 29 states said.

    A jumble of state laws should be replaced by a national edict, according to a report from the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition, which includes California, Florida and Massachusetts. The plan would help spur development and efficiency, which would create jobs, curb greenhouse-gas emissions and reduce dependency on oil imports, the coalition said.  (more)

  • 17 Mar 2010 9:25 AM | Michelle Hickey
    In 2008, Lamarco Systems Inc., a security solutions company based in Northbrook, Ill., began installing and distributing solar energy technology through a wholly owned subsidiary called Chicago Solar Technologies.  While green innovation and renewable energy are certainly of-the-moment, how does a decade-old security company get involved in the solar photovoltaic cell market? (more)
  • 16 Mar 2010 10:43 AM | Michelle Hickey

    A recent initiative from Illinois may serve as a model for other states that hope to attract green energy projects and stimulate economic development.

    There are plenty of reasons to encourage and support the development of renewable energy projects. But in this down economy, the credit markets are typically discouraging. Here in Illinois, we've found a way to open new doors to financing renewable energy projects because we know they're good business–and good for our state. (more)

  • 11 Mar 2010 11:13 AM | Michelle Hickey
    Some members of the U.S. Congress are still working to bring an energy or energy/climate bill to the floor of the Senate.  What's dangerous about it is that, depending on what concessions are made to improve the chances of passage, it may end up giving even more support to nuclear and coal industries at a time when what we need most of all is a move to a clean, renewable, sustainable energy economy.

    Urge your U.S. senators to vote only for a ‘clean and renewable’ energy bill.

    Solar Nation
  • 10 Mar 2010 11:28 AM | Michelle Hickey
    The State of Illinois will have a booth at PV Japan in late June, 2010. This is a comprehensive event for the global solar-photovoltaic industry and is co-organized by the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association(JPEA). The show will be held concurrently with Renewable Energy 2010.

    In 2009 the show attracted 776 exhibitors with 50,000+ visitors.
    The only cost to Illinois companies will be to UPS or FedEx 50 copies of their product brochures to the State of Illinois Office in Tokyo. Our staff in Japan will screen contacts and send this information to each company within three weeks after the show.
    Terry LaRocca
    Senior International Trade Specialist
    Illinois Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
    Office of Trade & Investment
    100 W. Randolph St., Suite 3-400
    Chicago, IL. 60601
    Ph. 312-814-6035
  • 25 Feb 2010 11:56 AM | Anonymous
    As the fifth largest producer and consumer of electricity, Illinois is not living up to its sun-harnessing potential. The state is seriously behind on solar energy, the Illinois Environmental Council says, especially when compared to other large states.

    “We have solar development on both coasts, but the Midwest, in many ways, is lagging behind,” says Barry Matchett, a legislative director at the Illinois Environmental Law and Policy Center. [MORE]
  • 19 Feb 2010 1:11 PM | Michelle Hickey
    This program offered incentives up to 30% of total project costs for residential and business applicants, and 50% for public sector and non-profit entities with a maximum rebate of $50,000.

    Due to the overwhelming response to the solar and wind energy rebate program, no more funding remains for this fiscal year.  DCEO is no longer accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2010.  Please check this website in July, 2010 for information about the program for Fiscal Year 2011.

    Please refer to the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) to learn of other state and federal incentives.
  • 17 Feb 2010 4:58 PM | Michelle Hickey

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced a bill aimed at getting 10 million new solar rooftop systems and 200,000 new solar hot water heating systems installed in the U.S. in the next ten years.

    Cleverly titled the “10 Million Solar Roofs & 10 Million Gallons of Solar Hot Water Act” (PDF), it would provide rebates that cover up to half the cost of new systems, along the lines of incentive programs in California and New Jersey (not coincidentally, Nos. 1 and 2 in installed solar in the U.S.). It also includes measures to insure that those who receive assistance get information on how to make their buildings more energy efficient. (more)

    Fact Sheet

  • 17 Feb 2010 4:49 PM | Michelle Hickey
    Joe Esmonde, renewable energy political liaison for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Portland, said trained workers are available to rewire buildings and hook up solar panels and wind turbines. "A lot of growth could be done if the market had the right signals" that would come with passing climate change legislation, he said. (more)

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