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 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

    • 18 Oct 2016
    • 7:00 PM
    • 15 Nov 2016
    • 8:00 PM
    • 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 one or all of the webinars here:

    Future sessions (all at 7pm)

    October 18th 

    November 15th

    • 22 Oct 2016
    • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • The Conservation Foundation, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL 60565
    • 9
    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.

    The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) and ISEA  train individuals to provide renewable energy assessment and consumer education, with Programs accredited by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) that provide skills and training needed by professionals engaging consumers in renewable energy systems for their homes and businesses.

    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

    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.


    • 23 Oct 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • DuPage County Fairgrounds 2015 Manchester Rd Wheaton, IL

    SCARCE has been educating schools, businesses, and municipalities on environmental safe practices and products. This Green Fair is an opportunity to educate the community on a variety of green initiatives and products.  If we can make greener choices at the point of purchase we can prevent some pollution or destruction of resources from the start. 

    SCARCE will have a kids corner with recycled paper making and other earth friendly crafts.  Lots of hands on STEM & STEAM activities for all ages.  Get green ideas for home improvement, landscaping, decorating, energy efficiency, backyard composting, water conservation, smart appliances and much, much more!

    SCARCE is raffling off some really great items:  A rain barrel, a worm bin, recycled garden art, a two night stay and dinner at the Westin in Lombard and Blackhawk tickets!  Tickets are only $1 each!

    SCARCE will feature Nature Cat at our Green Fair.  He is the star of a new children’s show on WTTW- Channel 11.  He will be at the fair for a meet & great and photo op for kids and families.  Come out and meet Nature Cat from 11-2. 

    Go to for more information.

    • 05 Nov 2016
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • The Conservation Foundation, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL 60565
    • 0

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    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 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 homes 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


    Basic PV (PV 101) or equivalent


    for ISEA Members: $250

    for non members: $270

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

    This course requires an additional $75 fee per practice report (two required) for the Certificate.

    PV 101 is a prerequisite for this course.

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

    • 09 Nov 2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • 10 Nov 2016
    • 4:30 PM
    • Hilton Chicago - 720 S. Michigan AvenueChicago, IL

    The Solar Power PV Conference & Expo - Chicago is coming to the midwest for the first time, and it is taking place on November 9th at the Hilton Chicago (720 S Michigan Ave). The event will feature 50+ exhibitors who make an impact on the midwest solar market, or are hoping to increase business in the region.

    Presented by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), the event strives to keep the industry moving forward by offering cutting-edge showcasing centered around the trends, technology, and research that power the industry. All proceeds support the expansion of the US solar energy market through SEIA’s and SEPA’s year-round research and education activities, as well as SEIA’s advocacy efforts.

    ISEA members get a 15% discount on full-conference passes  - that is over $80 in savings! Follow this link to obtain the code.

    For more information and to register please go to the Solar Power Events website.

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