Solar Drinks- Chicago, IL

  • 22 Jul 2014
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Uncommon Ground, 3800 N Clark St, Chicago
  • 32


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A B2B networking event for Renewable Energy Professionals.

Solar Drinks provides a forum for renewable energy professionals to meet each other, network and learn about topics related to renewable energy in Illinois.

Solar Drinks is FREE for members and their guests

We do ask that you respect our meeting host by purchasing food or drinks or offering a tip for their services

Chuck VonDrehle: VP of Sales and Engineering PVPower, Inc.
Chuck VonDrehle has eight years experience in the solar PV industry and over that time Chuck has worked on over 2MW of solar projects in various capacities including project management and system design.  Chuck currently oversees the operations of the distribution side for Juhl Renewable Energy Services where he provides equipment and technical support to an international array of solar installers.  Juhl has recently developed the SolarBank to address the growing demand for battery storage integrated into both grid-tied and off-grid solar solutions and Chuck handles the technical support and sales channels for the product.  

Gail Parson, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) Midwest states advocate, will provide a brief update on what’s happening with the EPA’s carbon standards and why it’s important for Illinois-area businesses to get involved in helping shape the response in Illinois.

E2, a non-partisan resource for the business community and project of NRDC, is educating and organizing businesses around the timeline of the Carbon Pollution standards in the Midwest and around the country. For more information please visit


The presentation will focus on the integration of battery-back up systems into solar arrays.  We will discuss some of the technical issues that arise and the new solutions being developed to address this growing market.  


6:30 pm - 7:00 pm     Networking, eat and drink
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm     Presentations
8:00 pm - 8:30 pm     Networking

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