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  • 20 Nov 2017 6:39 PM | Anonymous

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in support of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office, is offering a no-cost solar photovoltaic (PV) training program for cities and counties seeking to add solar energy to their facilities (on both buildings and land). The training commitment will be approximately 20 hours over a 12-month period, primarily in 2018.
     


    The training modules, which take about one hour each, cover the following topics:

    1. Evaluation Framework and Goals  
      • Who should be involved in this process? How should solar opportunities be evaluated?
    2. Site Screening and Evaluation     
      • How much PV can be installed on municipal buildings and land?
    3. Site Assessment and Permitting
      • How are projects permitted?
    4. PV Financing
      • What types of financing options are available for a PV system, and what are the tradeoffs of different financing options?
    5. PV Policies and Incentives
      • What policies and solar incentives can lower the cost of solar?
    6. PV RFPs
      • How is a request for proposals (RFP) issued for PV? What are the most important aspects to include in the RFP? 

    The series is comprised of virtual and in-person training options, and virtual modules are designed for multiple staff members to view together. No city or county staff are required to attend in‑person training. Upon completion, attendees will receive a one-on-one consultation with an NREL staff member to answer any additional questions. Attendees will also be given tools and resources and asked to share what they have learned with five additional cities or counties to help spread the word about adding solar energy to municipal facilities.  
     


    To apply, please complete and submit the short application form by Thursday, Nov. 30.


  • 23 Oct 2017 11:55 AM | Anonymous

    The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), the most widely respected certification organization in the renewable energy industry, announced three new specialty certifications for the solar industry. Developed in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative, the new certifications are: PV Design Specialist, PV Installer Specialist, and PV Commissioning and Maintenance Specialist. Beginning January 3rd, 2018, the new specialty certification exams, along with NABCEP’s PV Installation Professional (PVIP) Certification exam, will be offered via computer-based testing (CBT) at over 600 test sites in the U.S. and Canada.


    Read more by clicking here.

  • 19 Oct 2017 1:53 PM | Anonymous

    The Solar Foundation, a nonprofit research organization, is commencing its data collection for its annual National Solar Jobs Census. This year, the survey will allow us to not only assess and analyze employment trends, but also understand potential impacts of proposed tariffs and other policy developments. By filling out this survey, your company can ensure that policymakers have complete and accurate data when making decisions related to the industry. 

    Please take the brief survey using the link below. Please be sure that a survey is completed for each of your U.S. locations. The link is specific to your location, so please do not forward this email outside of your organization.


    Follow this link to the Survey: 
    Take the Survey


    Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:
    https://bwresearch.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5upFCdEIpdKVBlP?Q_DL=6mmVgLxbiYRsplH_5upFCdEIpdKVBlP_MLRP_8dKLAzMO994oW4l&Q_CHL=email

    As a token of appreciation, survey respondents can opt to receive a free copy of the U.S. Solar Market Insight 2016 Year in Review Full Report produced by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research. This report is valued at $4,000 for non-SEIA members.

    PRIVACY POLICY: This research is being conducted for The Solar Foundation by BW Research Partnership, a private, independent consulting firm. Your participation and responses to this survey will not be made public and only non-identifying group statistics will be used when reporting results.

    Since its inception in 2010, the Solar Jobs Census has been used nationwide to better understand trends and impacts in the industry. 


  • 16 Oct 2017 3:06 PM | Anonymous

    Tropical storms have devastated parts of the continental U.S. and U.S. Territories, leaving many without power. Puerto Rico’s electrical grid has been entirely knocked out with restoration estimated to take four to six months to complete. The solar industry has a unique opportunity to provide support for those impacted by these storms by donating products, along with volunteering and contributing to relief efforts.


    SEIA is proud to help coordinate these efforts, but we need your support. We are developing partnerships and coordinating with agencies to most efficiently and effectively deliver supplies that are needed.


    Read more and help out by clicking here.

  • 04 Aug 2017 3:27 PM | Anonymous

    FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: 

    Ben Finzel, 202-277-6286 ben@communitysolaraccess.org


    U.S. Community Solar Industry Welcomes Introduction of New Legislation in the U.S. Senate

    Bill from Colorado Senator Michael Bennet and New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich Would Expand Consumer Access to Solar Nationwide


    Washington, D.C. (July 31, 2017) – The Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA) welcomes newly introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate to promote customer choice and the development of the community solar market nationwide. The Community Solar Consumer Choice Act of 2017 (S 1670) was introduced by Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) on Thursday, July 27, 2017 in the U.S. Senate to coincide with the First Annual CCSA Community Solar Summit, held in Denver last week with over 200 industry representatives.


    “Community solar offers every American the opportunity to choose affordable, local clean energy,” said Jeff Cramer, Executive Director of the CCSA. “CCSA – and its 36 industry members – welcome United States Senators Bennet and Heinrich’s leadership to encourage the expansion of consumer choice and access to solar for all through this legislation.” 


    The new legislation makes permanent an existing U.S. Department of Energy program that promotes community solar by providing technical assistance at the request of state and local governments, and includes specific provisions focused on boosting community solar in low-income communities. The bill also encourages federal government participation in community solar nationwide.


    Bill sponsor Senator Bennet published an op-ed on the bill hailing its introduction and highlighting community solar’s origins in Colorado, and importance for the country, writing on Medium that “Community solar is one of the most promising developments in renewable energy.”


    “Clean Energy Collective pioneered the community solar business model in 2009, and has grown to employ over 100 workers out of our Louisville, CO headquarters, with hundreds more engineers and skilled laborers constructing and operating our projects across the country,” said Paul Spencer, CEO of Clean Energy Collective, one of the nation’s largest community solar providers.  “We see firsthand the benefits these local clean energy

    projects bring to communities, consumers, and the electric grid, and it is our mission to make affordable community solar an option for everyone who wants it.”


    CCSA continues to work to expand consumer choice and access to solar in states across the country.  Fifteen states and the District of Columbia have community solar programs in place, and the standing-room only CCSA Community Solar Summit and accompanying Senate legislation and Op-Ed demonstrate the excitement and opportunity around community solar as more and more states develop and implement new programs. 


    “Community solar provides win-wins for consumers: savings on their electric bill, and the knowledge that they’re supporting local, safe, reliable, clean power generation for the grid,” added Cramer.


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    About CCSA: Founded in February 2016, CCSA is a business-led trade organization that works to expand access to clean, local, affordable energy nationwide through community solar. Community solar refers to local solar facilities shared by individual community members, who receive credits on their electricity bills for their portion of the power produced. Community solar projects provide American homeowners, renters and businesses access to the benefits of solar energy generation

    unconstrained by the physical attributes of their home or business, like roof space, shading, or whether or not they own their residence or building. These programs can also expand access to solar energy to low-income households. For more information, visit the website at www.communitysolaraccess.org, follow the Coalition on Twitter at @solaraccess and like the Coalition on Facebook at www.facebook.com/communitysolaraccess.


  • 01 Jun 2017 4:11 PM | Anonymous

    Public Act 99-0906, which became effective June 1, 2017, calls for an initial forward procurement of one million renewable energy credits (“RECs”) annually from new utility-scale wind projects and of one million RECs annually from new utility-scale solar projects and brownfield site photovoltaic projects.  The delivery of RECs may begin as early as June 1, 2019 but not later than June 1, 2021.

     

    The first event under this initial forward procurement begins with the posting of the calendar.  An invitation to comment on the draft standard contract form will be issued later today.  The first procurement event will seek the entirety of the one million RECs annually from new utility-scale wind projects and will seek a portion of the one million RECs annually from new utility-scale solar projects and brownfield site photovoltaic projects.  There will be multiple events to procure RECs from new utility-scale solar projects and brownfield site photovoltaic projects. 

     

    Two webcasts will be held for the upcoming procurement event:

    ·         A first webcast (called the “virtual contract workshop” in the procurement event calendar) will be held at 11 AM Central Prevailing time onTuesday, June 6, 2017.  The objective of the webcast is to present the main terms of the draft standard contract form to prepare participants for submitting their comments.  You may RSVP for the webcast by providing your name, company, and the number of lines needed at Illinois-RFP@nera.com

    ·         The second webcast is planned for June 28, 2017 to present the terms of the final standard contract form and RFP requirements.  A further announcement will provide additional details.

     

    To receive announcements and updates about this upcoming procurement event, join the mailing list.

     

    INVITATION to Comment on the Draft Standard Contract Form


    A draft standard contract form, the “draft REC Contract”, has been posted to the procurement website This draft REC contract is proposed to be the standard contract form between each winning supplier in the Wind and Solar RFP and Ameren Illinois Company (“AIC”), Commonwealth Edison Company (“ComEd”), or MidAmerican Energy Company (“MEC”).  The Wind and Solar RFP will seek to procure one million RECs annually from new utility-scale wind projects and will seek to procure a portion of one million RECs annually from new utility-scale solar projects and brownfield site photovoltaic projects. 


    The Procurement Administrator invites interested parties to comment on the draft standard contract form.  The comment process is explained in the Invitation to Comment posted here.  The process can be summarized as follows:

    • Submit your comments using tracked changes in Microsoft Word. We strongly encourage you to provide explanatory notes either in a separate document or highlighted in tracked changes.
    • Send your comments by email to the Procurement Administrator at:  Illinois-RFP@nera.com.

    The deadline to provide comments is 6 PM Central Prevailing Time on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.


    RSVP Now! The Procurement Administrator also invites interested parties to participate in a webcast on June 6th at 11 AM CPT during which the Procurement Administrator will present the main terms of the draft REC Contract.  You may RSVP for this webcast by providing your name, company, and the number of lines needed at Illinois-RFP@nera.com

     

    Please direct any questions regarding this comment process to the “Ask a Question” page of the procurement website. 


  • 13 Feb 2017 1:04 PM | Anonymous

    The Spring 2017 Utility Distributed Generation RFP (“DG RFP”) is for the procurement of Renewable Energy Credits from distributed generation (“DG”) resources using the already collected funds from Alternative Compliance Payments.


    The schedule for the DG RFP is posted to the Calendar page of the procurement website.


    Part 1 Proposals are due on April 5, 2017 and Bids are due on April 28, 2017.


    Draft supplier contracts are expected to be posted by February 28, 2017. An announcement will be sent to all registrants when these documents are posted.


    If you would like to learn more, ISEA produced and recorded the following webinar on the topic:


    "The Illinois solar industry is well-positioned to grow significantly in 2017.


    "The Illinois Power Agency will conduct 2017 Spring and Fall Solar DG SREC Procurement totaling nearly $40M - more than the three previous Supplemental SREC Procurements combined.


    "During this webinar, ISEA will summarize the upcoming procurement process and timeline, past SREC Procurement results, and will also provide attendees with background information that may benefit business marketing and messaging campaigns that encourage customers to go solar in 2017 as opposed to waiting for the new RPS implementation in 2018. There are distinct advantages to going solar sooner rather than later - is your business ready?"


    View the slides here. Watch the webinar here.



  • 20 Oct 2016 11:01 AM | Anonymous

    In Illinois, new rules expected to make solar faster and cheaper


    By Kari Lydersen

    Oct 19, 2016 - Read the whole article at Midwest Energy News


    Illinois lawmakers have adopted new interconnection standards that will make the solar siting and installation process significantly quicker and cheaper, clean energy advocates and utilities say.


  • 11 Oct 2016 3:20 PM | Anonymous



    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    September 26, 2016

    Contact:

    Lesley McCain

    Executive Director

    Illinois Solar Energy Association

    lesley.mccain@illinoissolar.org 

    847.924.7359

     

    Illinois Solar Announces Solar Job Training Program

     

    [Mt Vernon], ILLINOIS --- The Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) is pleased to announce that recently received a USDA Rural Business Development Grant award.  The grant funds will be used to provide a six-week solar installation training to Southern Illinois electrical contractors. Upon completion participants in the training will be to be qualified to lead solar installations.

     

    The grant which was submitted through USDA’s Rural Development office, located in Marion Illinois, provides funding in excess of $31,000 to provide classroom and hands-on training to both union and non-union electrical contractors in order to advance solar installations in the Southern Illinois region. Additional funding of $4,000 to support the in person and webinar portion of the training, has been received from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

     

    In order to interconnect solar systems to the electric grid, Illinois law requires that electrical contractors be Distributed Generation (DG) certified.  With only a few DG certified installers in the southern part of the state, ISEA recognizes that the lack of solar installers was a barrier to solar development in the region. Program trainees will be qualified to take the NABCEP exam, which when passed, will qualify them to be certified by the State.

     

    Trainees will have an opportunity to exercise their newly gained skills by participating in 1kW solar installations at local schools. Grant funds for the installation portion of the training will be supplied by the Illinois Solar for Schools Program via the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, and through product donations from The Solar Foundation.

     

    The Illinois Solar Energy Associationis pleased to offer this opportunity to advance solar development in Southern Illinois, as well as accelerate economic development and job creation in the region.

     

    About the Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA)

    Established in 1975 The Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) is a non-profit organization that promotes the widespread application of renewable energy through education and advocacy. As the Illinois chapter of the American Solar Energy Society, ISEA is the local resource for educational classes, events, renewable energy related policy developments, local news and access to local renewable energy vendors. www.illinoissolar.org

     

     

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  • 25 Apr 2016 3:53 PM | Anonymous

    The winning ISEA PV Raffle ticket number is 1735! A new installation will soon belong to our lucky winner from Rolling Meadows, IL. Congrats!

    Thank you to all who participated and continue to support ISEA's work!

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