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  • 13 Aug 2014 12:21 PM | Anonymous

    You’re Invited...

    The Illinois Solar Tour, on Saturday, October 4th, 2014 is a FREE PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE to demonstrate how home and business owners are utilizing solar, wind, geothermal heat pumps, passive solar design, and energy efficiency to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels and to be energy independent.

    You can visit any site at any time between 10 am and 2 pm. Homeowners will be available at each site to provide information, share experiences and answer questions. 

    Attend the Solar Tour to:
    • meet people who have renewable energy installations, learn why they did it, the process, what they love about it and lessons learned.
    • learn about the different technologies and see how they are installed
    • hear about how different renewable energy technologies can work together
    • find out all of the ways you can use renewable energy to power your life

    Attend the tour and get all of your renewable energy questions answered!

    Sign up to volunteer your home as a host site or sign up to attend one or more of these open houses! Sponsorships available.

    Visit our Solar Tour page for more information.

  • 04 Aug 2014 12:41 PM | Anonymous

    Invitation for Bid: Turnkey Solution Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Panels

    First published Thursday, July 31, 2014

    Sealed bids will be accepted at the address below until 2:00 PM, Thursday August 21, 2014:

    Purchasing Division
    212A Illini Plaza
    1817 South Neil Street
    Champaign, IL 61820 

    The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Illinois is requesting bids to complete a turnkey installation of a 300 kW dc photovoltaic (PV) solar panel system at their facility. 

    Please see Section A.5 of the bid document for information of the site visit scheduled for August 12, 2014 at 9 a.m. (local time)

    For additional information, contact:

    Jacob Shaw

    212A Illini Plaza

    1817 South Neil Street

    Champaign, IL 61820 

    Phone: (217) 300-7035

    FAX: (217) 239-6880

    Purchasing Website

    Purchasing Officer - Cathy Link

    The University reserves the right to accept or reject any and all responses or parts thereof. Vendor may expect payment thirty to sixty days after receipt of invoice, unless otherwise stated in the bid documents. Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) eligibility number is required on all proposals, if applicable. This procurement may be contingent on Board of Trustees approval. There is no BEP goal for this procurement.

    This transaction is subject to the State Board of Elections registration and certification requirements of Public Act 095-0971.

    The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.

  • 25 Jul 2014 11:53 AM | Anonymous

    Workshop Announcement: Supplemental Photovoltaic Procurement Plan

    August 7, 2014 10 am to 3 pm

    160 N. LaSalle Street, 5th Floor Chicago, IL

    On August 7, 2014 the Illinois Power Agency (“IPA”) will hold a public workshop pursuant to Section 1-56(i)(1) of the Illinois Power Agency Act.1

    The IPA will be developing a supplemental procurement plan to purchase solar renewable energy credits using up to $30 million from the Renewable Energy Resources Fund. This workshop will provide an opportunity for the IPA to present an overview of Section 1-56(i), discuss key issues, and receive feedback from interested stakeholders.2

    A full agenda will be released prior to the Workshop. The IPA expects the Workshop will have two sessions, one from 10am to noon, and one from 1pm to 3pm.

    Please RSVP to Anthony Star at: Pleases note that a government- issued photo ID is required for entry into the building. A call-in number will be available upon request.

    Section 1-56(i) Timeline:

    August 7, 2014 : Public workshop

    September 29, 2014 : IPA releases draft plan

    October 14, 2014  : Deadline for comments on draft plan

    October 28 2014 : IPA files revised draft plan with the Illinois Commerce Commission Deadline for Illinois Commerce 

    January 26, 2015 : Commission approval of plan

    1 Section 1‐56(i) of the Illinois Power Agency Act is a new subsection enacted pursuant to Public Act 98‐0672 which has an effective date of June 30, 2014. Subsection 1‐56(i)(1) reads in part, “In developing the supplemental procurement plan, the Agency shall hold at least one workshop open to the public within 90 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly and shall consider any comments made by stakeholders or the public.”

    2 Please note that the IPA held a workshop on June 12, 2014 regarding matters related to Distributed Generation and subsequently issued a Request for Comments. Materials from that workshop and the responses to the Request for Comments are available on the IPA website under “Energy Procurement/Plans Under Development.” 

  • 11 Jul 2014 12:47 PM | Anonymous

    There is one week left until the next NABCEP exam application deadline! The next round of Certification Exams deadline is July 18, 2014 and the next exam date is October 4, 2014.

    If you have the knowledge and experience to qualify for a NABCEP Certification Exam in PV installation, solar heating, or technical sales... take the next step now!!

    The opportunity for the certification exam only comes twice a year so act now!!

    Learn how to apply here 

  • 09 Jul 2014 2:47 PM | Anonymous

    The Solar Chicago program has been highlighted in the Chicago Tribune!,0,1457940.story

    Solar Chicago is a new community wide group solar discount program offered by the City of Chicago, the World Wildlife Fund and Vote Solar. The City is participating in this program to help homeowners pool their buying power to secure significant discounts that make installing solar on your home more affordable than ever.

    After vetting several solar companies, a volunteer community evaluation committee has selected the team of Juhl Renewable Energy Systems and Microgrid Solar as Solar Chicago's installation partner. As a result, they will pass along savings from reduced marketing costs and bulk purchasing to Solar Chicago participants to provide residential solar starting at $3.49 per-watt - more than a 25% discount off the average market installation costs.

    In addition to offering Solar Chicago participants solar electric systems at a discount, the Juhl-Microgrid Solar team will also provide an incentive rebate for each system installed through the program, if the total installed solar capacity exceeds program goals.

    To learn more visit the Solar Chicago page.

  • 02 Jul 2014 12:51 PM | Anonymous


    Law Signed by Governor Quinn to Promote Solar Energy in Illinois 

    ILLINOIS, July 2, 2014: --  Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation on Saturday to promote solar energy purchases in Illinois. With this law, $30 million will be available to develop solar projects including residential rooftop solar installations.


    “These last days of June are some of the longest of the year, the perfect time to talk about getting more of our electricity from solar,” Governor Quinn said. “Thousands of residents will soon get cheaper, cleaner energy, and we will create good paying jobs for working families in the process. It’s this sort of innovation that has made Illinois a national leader in clean energy production.”


    House Bill 2427 frees $30 million from the Illinois Power Agency’s Renewable Energy Resources Fund that has been collected from clean energy fees paid by Illinois power suppliers. The law establishes a competitive procurement process to purchase energy from existing solar devices and from new solar installations. This could mean thousands of new solar panel installations on homes in Illinois. The law is effective immediately.


    Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) Executive Director Lesley McCain said “Solar businesses in Illinois are extremely pleased that Governor Quinn has signed this legislation. We would like to thank State Representative Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston) and State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) for sponsoring the bill. This special solar procurement will be incredibly significant for our business members and help make solar more affordable for Illinois homeowners.”



    Illinois Solar Energy Association


  • 21 Apr 2014 4:04 PM | Lesley McCain (Administrator)

    The Illinois Solar Energy Association in partnership with the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN)  and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) held the first all-state solar conference on  Tuesday 4/8/14.  The conference, which attracted  150+ participants, provide the attendees with information and updates on all aspects of solar in Illinois!  From policy related information, to a toolbox for solar installers the information given was useful and engaging and will be used to advance the local solar industry.  You can view the conference presentations here.

  • 07 Apr 2014 4:20 PM | Lesley McCain (Administrator)

    Due to the cancellation of a number of projects that had been approved for a rebate, DCEO now has some rebate funds (approximately $100,000) available now for new applications.  However, these funds must be spent by the end of the state fiscal year.  Therefore, new solar or wind projects that can be completed by May 31st, please send in applications to DCEO as soon as possible.  New rebate applications will be considered on a first come first serve basis, until all of these funds have been allocated.  Installers for these projects must be certified by the Illinois Commerce Commission as a Distributed Generation Installer (or receive certification before May 31st.


    Rebate applications should be sent to

  • 27 Mar 2014 9:57 PM | Lesley McCain (Administrator)

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today that Chicago has been named the 2014 Earth Hour Capital of the United States by the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Earth Hour City Challenge, a year-long competition among cities to promote renewable energy and prepare for climate change. Cities that participate are recognized for their efforts in creating more sustainable, resilient cities, and compete for the title of U.S. Earth Hour Capital as well as grants from WWF.


    Building on the success of the Chicago Solar Express, an initiative to make rooftop solar as easy and economical as possible for Chicago residents and businesses, the City will use some of the grant award funding to launch a partnership to help reduce purchase costs of solar arrays for Chicago residents. Read More..... 

  • 14 Mar 2014 10:27 PM | Lesley McCain (Administrator)

    ISEA is proud to announce the release of Leading from the Middle. Leading from the Middle, a report developed by the World Wildlife Fund, is a collaboration between ISEA, WWF, ELPC, Illinois Sierra Club, GW Solar Institute, LEAN, and the Go Green Go Local Coalition. This report discusses how more than 90 Illinois communities utilized the utility model known as Community Choice Aggregation to switch to 100% renewables by using renewable energy credits. This choice has reduced pollution levels equivalent to removing more than 1 million cars from the road or 250,000 homes off the grid.

    To view the report visit ISEA's Greening of Illinois Community Electricity Aggregation page



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