Calendar of Events

The ISEA Events Calendar provides information about events, courses, conferences and workshops offered by the ISEA as well as other organizations related to solar, wind, and other forms of renewable energy.

Online registration for all courses is available by clicking on the register button at the bottom of the page.  Events that require payment can be paid with a debit card, credit card, or PayPal account.  To receive the membership rate for any events, please login as a member first, then register for the event.

You may also email us at contactisea@illinoissolar.org if you know of an event that is not listed and think it would benefit our members, if you wish to partner or sponsor an event, or if you have questions or experience any difficulties. 



Upcoming events

    • 19 Apr 2016
    • 17 May 2016
    • 2 sessions
    • Webinar

    Join ISEA for our monthly public webinar to learn about solar! Our 1-hour presentations outline how solar works and will answer questions you may have!


    Register to attend April 19th at 7pm here: 

    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/358841385532792580



    Future sessions (all at 7pm)

    May 17th

    June 21st

    July 19th

    • 03 May 2016
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Maldaner's, 222 S 6th St, Springfield, IL

     

    Meet & Greet with Illinois Legislators!


     Join ISEA the evening before the 4th Annual Solar Lobby Day for an opportunity to network  with Illinois Legislators!

     

     
        
     
        
        
               


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    • 04 May 2016
    • Springfield, IL

    Join the Illinois Solar Energy Association for our 4th annual Solar Lobby Day!


    This year it is more important than ever to educate our legislators on the importance of strong clean energy legislation in Illinois.

     

    With numerous energy bills being proposed this session, it is imperative that the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill has broad legislative support!


    If you have not had the experience of lobbying, please do not be concerned, as we will have staff and volunteers to help guide you throughout the day. 

     

    Make sure that your voice is heard! Your presence is necessary to ensure that lawmakers understand the impact this issue has on you, your business, family and future. 


    Additional details and logistics will be sent out to those attending.


    Attendees: join us for our Lobby Day briefing 

    briefing via webinar- Monday, May 2nd from 7:30-8pm

    Register here.

    • 09 May 2016
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Villa Park Public Library
    • 22

    Please join Solar Ambassador Jeff Gahris for a Solar 101 Presentation in Villa Park.


    May 9th: Solar Presentation - "Powering Your Home with the Sun"


    Location: Villa Park Library
    Time:  7 PM


    Free and open to the public.


    • 12 May 2016
    • 09 Jun 2016
    • 2 sessions
    • Webinar

    This monthly policy webinar is open to ISEA business members and by invitation only.

     

     Please register for Business Member Policy Webinar at: 

    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7088399006104063490

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    • February 4th subject:  What's On Our Radar for 2016 IL Policy
    • March 3rd subject: Clean Power Plan and Commercial PACE
    • April 14th subject: Advocacy & Lobbying Training: OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
    • May 12th subject: How Rate Design affects your business
    • June 9th subject: TBA

    • 14 May 2016
    • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • The Conservation Foundation, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL 60565
    • 7
    PV 101 (Introduction to Photovoltaics)
    Course Description

    This one-day course uses a combination of lecture and classroom activities to teach the basics of solar electric systems. Participants will learn how photovoltaic (PV) systems work, diagram the four PV system types, describe and identify components, understand the best application and limitations of each system type, define the solar window, make energy efficiency recommendations, estimate system loads, and understand the basics of PV site assessment.

    Course Objectives

    Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

    Define photovoltaics
    Explain how photovoltaic systems work
    Diagram the four system types
    Describe and identify components of a photovoltaic system
    Identify the best application and limitations of each system type
    Define the solar window
    Use Ohm's Law
    Read an electric utility bill
    Estimate electrical loads
    Make energy efficiency recommendations
    Identify PV mounting types
    Explain the basics of a PV site assessment
    Calculate system costs
    Describe financial incentives for PV
    Recognized CECs for Licensed Professionals

    8.0 credit hours for WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifiers
    7.5 credit hours for WI Commercial Electrical Inspectors
    7.5 credit hours for WI Journeyman and Master Electricians
    7.5 credit hours for WI UDC - Electrical Inspectors


    Fees for ISEA Members: $85

    for non members: $105


    Fees must be paid PRIOR to attending the class.


    *PLEASE BRING A LUNCH

    • 24 May 2016
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Winfield Public Library
    • 25

    Please join Solar Ambassador Jeff Gahris for a Solar 101 Presentation in Winfield.


    May 24th: Solar Presentation - "Powering Your Home with the Sun"


    Location: Winfield Public Library
    Time:  7 PM


    Free and open to the public.


    • 07 Jun 2016
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Elmhurst Public Library
    • 25

    Please join Solar Ambassador Jeff Gahris for a Solar 101 Presentation in Elmhurst.


    June 7th: Solar Presentation - "Powering Your Home with the Sun"


    Location: Elmhurst Public Library
    Time:  7 PM


    Free and open to the public.


    • 11 Jun 2016
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • The Conservation Foundation, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL 60565
    • 10
    PV 201 (PV Site Assessment)

    The Site Assessment Certificate Program is a program of the MREA offered through the Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA), a recognized training provider . The MREA/ISEA  Site Assessment Certificate Program trains individuals to provide site-specific renewable energy assessment and consumer education.Since August of 2012, the PV Site Assessment  Certificate Program has been accredited by American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).

    The MREA /ISEA Site Assessor Certificate provides skills training needed by professionals engaging consumers in renewable energy systems for their home s and businesses. Site assessors evaluate the energy consumption of a household or business, as well as the solar or wind resource at the location. They help clients understand system options and their benefits. They work with clients to recommend the site and size of the solar or wind system that will best fit their needs . Site assessors also estimate system production and identify the cost, incentives, and financing options available.


    Course Description
    Participants in this eight-hour course will learn how to perform a PV site assessment for a home or small business. The course will cover site assessment tools, load analysis, energy efficiency recommendations, array placement options, basic system sizing, cost estimates, and evaluating existing infrastructure on site. Participants will learn how to access online tools for solar resource analysis, PV system performance calculators, and incentives.

    Course Objectives
    Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
    • Use site assessment tools
    • Size a PV system
    • Recommend a PV system type to meet a home or owner's goals
    • Identify and recommend steps for energy efficiency
    • Perform a load analysis
    • Identify and recommend array placement options
    • Quantify the solar resource
    • Provide a general cost estimate
    • Write a PV site assessment report
    • Use web-based performance calculators
    • Provide installer and equipment vendor information


    Prerequisites:

    Basic PV (PV 101) or equivalent


    Fees:

    for ISEA Members: $250

    for non members: $270

    Support ISEA and enjoy discounted registration! Individual membership is only $45!


    Please bring your laptop with you to class as all of the course work will be online.

    • 11 Jun 2016
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • LincolnLand Community College

    PV 201 (PV Site Assessment)

     

    Course Registration number:

    Member: $250 WST-034-44WF

    Non-member: $270 WST-034-43WF

    After registration on the ISEA website, please call LLCC (217-786-2292) to register with the college and pay for your course.

    This course requires an additional $75 fee per practice report (two required) to gain certification.

    PV 101 is a prerequisite for this course.


    The Site Assessment Certificate Program is a program of the MREA offered through the Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA), a recognized training provider . The MREA/ISEA  Site Assessment Certificate Program trains individuals to provide site-specific renewable energy assessment and consumer education.Since August of 2012 , the PV Site Assessment  Certificate Program has been accredited by American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).

    The MREA /ISEA Site Assessor Certificate provides skills training needed by professionals engaging consumers in renewable energy systems for their home s and businesses. Site assessors evaluate the energy consumption of a household or business, as well as the solar or wind resource at the location. They help clients understand system options and their benefits. They work with clients to recommend the site and size of the solar or wind system that will best fit their needs . Site assessors also estimate system production and identify the cost, incentives, and financing options available.

    ISEA is proud to partner with Lincoln Land Community College to offer this educational opportunity to those interested in renewable energy job training.

    Course Description

    Participants in this eight-hour course will learn how to perform a PV site assessment for a home or small business. The course will cover site assessment tools, load analysis, energy efficiency recommendations, array placement options, basic system sizing, cost estimates, and evaluating existing infrastructure on site. Participants will learn how to access online tools for solar resource analysis, PV system performance calculators, and incentives.

    Course Objectives
    Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
    • Use site assessment tools
    • Size a PV system
    • Recommend a PV system type to meet a home or owner's goals
    • Identify and recommend steps for energy efficiency
    • Perform a load analysis
    • Identify and recommend array placement options
    • Quantify the solar resource
    • Provide a general cost estimate
    • Write a PV site assessment report
    • Use web-based performance calculators
    • Provide installer and equipment vendor information

    Contact for registration:

    Registration number at LLCC:  217-786-2292

    Course Registration numbers:

    PV 101 

    Members $85  WST-034-42WF

    Non-member $105  WST – 034 – 41WF

     

    Contact for registration:

    Registration number at LLCC:  217-786-2292

    Course Registration numbers:

    PV 101 

    Members $85  WST-034-42WF

    Non-member $105  WST – 034 – 41WF

     

    Registration number at LLCC 217-786-2292

     

    Course Registration numbers:

     

    PV 101

     

    Members $85  WST-034-42WF

    Non-member $105  WST – 034 – 41WF

     

    Solar Site Assessor

     

    Member $250 WST-034-44WF

    Non-member $270 WST – 034 – 43WF

    Registration number at LLCC 217-786-2292

     

    Course Registration numbers:

     

    PV 101

     

    Members $85  WST-034-42WF

    Non-member $105  WST – 034 – 41WF

     

    Solar Site Assessor

     

    Member $250 WST-034-44WF

    Non-member $270 WST – 034 – 43WF

    Registration number at LLCC 217-786-2292

     

    Course Registration numbers:

     

    PV 101

     

    Members $85  WST-034-42WF

    Non-member $105  WST – 034 – 41WF

     

    Solar Site Assessor

     

    Member $250 WST-034-44WF

    Non-member $270 WST – 034 – 43WF

    Registration number at LLCC 217-786-2292

     

    Course Registration numbers:

     

    PV 101

     

    Members $85  WST-034-42WF

    Non-member $105  WST – 034 – 41WF

     

    Solar Site Assessor

     

    Member $250 WST-034-44WF

    Non-member $270 WST – 034 – 43WF

    Registration number at LLCC 217-786-2292

     

    Course Registration numbers:

     

    PV 101

     

    Members $85  WST-034-42WF

    Non-member $105  WST – 034 – 41WF

     

    Solar Site Assessor

     

    Member $250 WST-034-44WF

    Non-member $270 WST – 034 – 43WF

    Registration number at LLCC 217-786-2292

    Solar Site Assessor

     

    Member $250 WST-034-44WF

    Non-member $270 WST – 034 – 43WF

    • 22 Jun 2016
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • The Conservation Foundation, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd # B, Naperville,IL
    • 28
    Solar Social :
    an ISEA event to foster Solar Community

    Open to both the public and ISEA members.
     

    This event is FREE, but REGISTRATION is requested for planning purposes.

    Solar Socials are like mini solar tours, people who have solar installations allow others to see firsthand how solar works.


    You can come see PV solar and wind turbine installation on site! The solar social, with a Solar Ambassador presentation, refreshments, and a tour of the Conservation Foundation clean power facilities, will be a great way to celebrate the summer solstice.

    • 25 Jun 2016
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Mt. Prospect Public Library
    • 25

    Please join Solar Ambassador Peter Gorr for a Solar 101 Presentation in Mt. Prospect.


    June 25: Solar Presentation - "Powering Your Home with the Sun"


    Location: Mt. Prospect Public Library
    Time:  7 PM


    Free and open to the public.


    • 14 Jul 2016
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane Street, Glen Ellyn
    • 25

    Please join Solar Ambassador Jeff Gahris for a Solar 101 Presentation in Glen Ellyn.


    July 14th: Solar Presentation - "Powering Your Home with the Sun"


    Location: Glen Ellyn Public Library
    Time:  7 PM


    Free and open to the public.


    • 21 Jul 2016
    • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Bone Student Center, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

    Register now to attend:


    THE ILLINOIS RENEWABLE ENERGY CONFERENCE 


    Thursday, July 21, 2016 

    8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

    Illinois State University, Bone Student Center, Normal, IL


    Click here for the conference website and to register online! 


    Agenda items, presentation titles, and speaker bios will continue to be added to the conference website.

    A networking reception for registered conference attendees will be held the evening of July 20th.

    Register early for best pricing.  Early bird registration rate is $50 per person.

    Sponsorship opportunities are available, see website for details.

     

              

    Plenary Session Speakers Include:

    Marion “Molly” Lunn

    Deputy Director, Office of Energy & Recycling
    Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

    Anthony Star
    Director
    Illinois Power Agency

    Jack Darin
    Director
    Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter

    Dr. John Asplund
    Superintendent
    Farmington Central School District 265


    PLUS
    Breakout Sessions

    on Policy, Technology, and Case studies for

    Wind, Solar, Biomass, Geothermal, and Energy Efficiency


    This event is coordinated by the Center for Renewable Energy at Illinois State University.

    • 24 Sep 2016
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • LincolnLand Community College
    PV 101 (Introduction to Photovoltaics)

     

    Members $85  

    Non-member $105



    Course Description
    This one-day course uses a combination of lecture and classroom activities to teach the basics of solar electric systems. Participants will learn how photovoltaic (PV) systems work, diagram the four PV system types, describe and identify components, understand the best application and limitations of each system type, define the solar window, make energy efficiency recommendations, estimate system loads, and understand the basics of PV site assessment.

    Course Objectives
    Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

    Define photovoltaics
    Explain how photovoltaic systems work
    Diagram the four system types
    Describe and identify components of a photovoltaic system
    Identify the best application and limitations of each system type
    Define the solar window
    Use Ohm's Law
    Read an electric utility bill
    Estimate electrical loads
    Make energy efficiency recommendations
    Identify PV mounting types
    Explain the basics of a PV site assessment
    Calculate system costs
    Describe financial incentives for PV
    Recognized CECs for Licensed Professionals

    8.0 credit hours for WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifiers
    7.5 credit hours for WI Commercial Electrical Inspectors
    7.5 credit hours for WI Journeyman and Master Electricians
    7.5 credit hours for WI UDC - Electrical Inspectors
    • 08 Oct 2016
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • LincolnLand Community College

    PV 201 (PV Site Assessment)

     

    Course Registration number:

    Member: $250 WST-034-44WF

    Non-member: $270 WST-034-43WF


    This course requires an additional $75 fee per practice report (two required) to gain certification.

    PV 101 is a prerequisite for this course.


    The Site Assessment Certificate Program is a program of the MREA offered through the Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA), a recognized training provider . The MREA/ISEA  Site Assessment Certificate Program trains individuals to provide site-specific renewable energy assessment and consumer education.Since August of 2012 , the PV Site Assessment  Certificate Program has been accredited by American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).

    The MREA /ISEA Site Assessor Certificate provides skills training needed by professionals engaging consumers in renewable energy systems for their home s and businesses. Site assessors evaluate the energy consumption of a household or business, as well as the solar or wind resource at the location. They help clients understand system options and their benefits. They work with clients to recommend the site and size of the solar or wind system that will best fit their needs . Site assessors also estimate system production and identify the cost, incentives, and financing options available.

    ISEA is proud to partner with Lincoln Land Community College to offer this educational opportunity to those interested in renewable energy job training.

    Course Description

    Participants in this eight-hour course will learn how to perform a PV site assessment for a home or small business. The course will cover site assessment tools, load analysis, energy efficiency recommendations, array placement options, basic system sizing, cost estimates, and evaluating existing infrastructure on site. Participants will learn how to access online tools for solar resource analysis, PV system performance calculators, and incentives.

    Course Objectives
    Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
    • Use site assessment tools
    • Size a PV system
    • Recommend a PV system type to meet a home or owner's goals
    • Identify and recommend steps for energy efficiency
    • Perform a load analysis
    • Identify and recommend array placement options
    • Quantify the solar resource
    • Provide a general cost estimate
    • Write a PV site assessment report
    • Use web-based performance calculators
    • Provide installer and equipment vendor information

    Contact for registration:

    Registration number at LLCC:  217-786-2292

    Course Registration numbers:

    PV 101 

    Members $85  WST-034-42WF

    Non-member $105  WST – 034 – 41WF

     

    Contact for registration:

    Registration number at LLCC:  217-786-2292

    Course Registration numbers:

    PV 101 

    Members $85  WST-034-42WF

    Non-member $105  WST – 034 – 41WF

     

    Registration number at LLCC 217-786-2292

     

    Course Registration numbers:

     

    PV 101

     

    Members $85  WST-034-42WF

    Non-member $105  WST – 034 – 41WF

     

    Solar Site Assessor

     

    Member $250 WST-034-44WF

    Non-member $270 WST – 034 – 43WF

    Registration number at LLCC 217-786-2292

     

    Course Registration numbers:

     

    PV 101

     

    Members $85  WST-034-42WF

    Non-member $105  WST – 034 – 41WF

     

    Solar Site Assessor

     

    Member $250 WST-034-44WF

    Non-member $270 WST – 034 – 43WF

    Registration number at LLCC 217-786-2292

     

    Course Registration numbers:

     

    PV 101

     

    Members $85  WST-034-42WF

    Non-member $105  WST – 034 – 41WF

     

    Solar Site Assessor

     

    Member $250 WST-034-44WF

    Non-member $270 WST – 034 – 43WF

    Registration number at LLCC 217-786-2292

     

    Course Registration numbers:

     

    PV 101

     

    Members $85  WST-034-42WF

    Non-member $105  WST – 034 – 41WF

     

    Solar Site Assessor

     

    Member $250 WST-034-44WF

    Non-member $270 WST – 034 – 43WF

    Registration number at LLCC 217-786-2292

     

    Course Registration numbers:

     

    PV 101

     

    Members $85  WST-034-42WF

    Non-member $105  WST – 034 – 41WF

     

    Solar Site Assessor

     

    Member $250 WST-034-44WF

    Non-member $270 WST – 034 – 43WF

    Registration number at LLCC 217-786-2292

    Solar Site Assessor

     

    Member $250 WST-034-44WF

    Non-member $270 WST – 034 – 43WF

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