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

    • 18 Apr 2017
    • 21 Nov 2017
    • 8 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 one or all of the webinars here: 

    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/2620478537097213185



    • 09 May 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Maldaner's Restaurant, 222 S 6th St, Springfield, IL 62701

    ISEA is hosting an opportunity on May 9th to network with your legislators at Maldaner’s (solar powered) Restaurant!

     

    The event is free but requires registration for planning purposes.


    Sponsorship Opportunities Available


    This is a low cost - high profile opportunity to showcase your company's success.


    ISEA is working hard to make sure that legislators are familiar with your work and success as a solar developer and installer.


    Sponsorship Levels


    $250 - Logo and up to five completed products featured in the revolving PowerPoint


    $500 – All of the above + verbal Thank You at the event


    $1,500 –  All of the above + logo include on Invitation to Legislators

     Indicate your support by filing out this sponsorship form.


    Please email your logo and 5 installation photos identifying the name of project, date installed, location, size kW, number of panels, projected annual output and if the project was a rebate or grant recipient to Lesley.mccain@illinoissolar.org by Thursday May 4th 6pm.

                                             

    Participation in ISEA’s Solar Lobby Day on May 10th requires separate registration here


    • 10 May 2017
    • Springfield, IL

    Save the Date!

     


    Join the Illinois Solar Energy Association for our 5th Annual Solar Lobby Day!


    Join ISEA on May 10th in Springfield to educate legislators on the impacts that the Future Energy Jobs Bill will have on your business and the communities where you live and work.


    No experience in lobbying?  No problem! We will have staff and volunteers to help guide you throughout the day.


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

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    ISEA will also be hosting an opportunity to network with our legislators.


    Join us for our annual Legislative Solar Social the evening of May 9th at Maldaner’s Restaurant!


    All are welcome, but separate registration is required for planning purposes. You may register by clicking here.


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


    • 10 May 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • State of Illinois Building, 100 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

    Agendas and registration information for the upcoming Illinois Power Agency workshops on implementation of the Renewable Portfolio Standard aspects of Public Act 99-0906 are now available on the Illinois Power Agency website.


    Please register for workshops using the registration form.

     

    Attendance may be limited, a call-in number is also available.


    This workshop will focus on the goal of procuring one million annual Renewable Energy Credits each from new utility-scale wind, and utility-scale/brownfield solar (pursuant to new Section 1- 75(c)(1)(G)) of the Illinois Power Agency Act). The workshop will provide an overview of the proposed structure and terms of the procurements, select contract provisions, and the timeline for conducting the procurements. The workshop will provide an opportunity for stakeholder input prior to the release of draft contracts, which is anticipated to be in June. 


    This workshop will provide an opportunity for stakeholder feedback. In addition, in the weeks following the conclusion of this workshop, the Illinois Power Agency anticipates issuing specific questions that arise from the workshop to stakeholders, providing both workshop attendees and non-attendees with an opportunity to provide more focused, well-researched, and detailed feedback to the Agency on specific key issues.

    • 11 May 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Webinar

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


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


    -

    ISEA monthly policy webinars are intended to provide the Illinois solar industry with up to date information on current policy activities, as well as educate ISEA business members on opportunities that have the potential increase your business.


    The ISEA policy committee, comprised of Illinois industry leaders, as well as guest experts, share their knowledge and experience with attendees.


    Recordings of ISEA policy webinars are made available to ISEA business members. In order to view the most recent webinar:

    1. Log into your ISEA account
    2. And then click here to view a recording of the webinar.
    • 17 May 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 160 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL

    Agendas and registration information for the upcoming Illinois Power Agency workshops on implementation of the Renewable Portfolio Standard aspects of Public Act 99-0906 are now available on the Illinois Power Agency website.

    Please register for workshops using the registration form.

     

    Attendance may be limited, a call-in number is also available.


    Morning: Overview of the Plan This workshop will provide an overview of the new provisions of the Illinois RPS, and how the Illinois Power Agency will address meeting the RPS goals through the Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan. The workshop will cover the development process for the Plan and opportunities for future stakeholder input as that process moves forward.


    Afternoon: Adjustable Block Programs This workshop will focus on the adjustable block programs for new photovoltaic distributed generation systems. This will include potential approaches for (1) determining block prices, categories and sizes; (2) application procedures; (3) programs terms and conditions; and other issues to be determined.


    These workshops will provide an opportunity for stakeholder feedback. In addition, in the weeks following the conclusion of these workshops, the Illinois Power Agency anticipates issuing specific questions that arise from the workshops to stakeholders, providing both workshops attendees and non-attendees with an opportunity to provide more focused, well-researched, and detailed feedback to the Agency on specific key issues

    • 17 May 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 325 N Jefferson St, Chicago, IL 60661

    A Networking Event for 

    Renewable Energy Professionals

     

    Join the Illinois Solar Energy Association for this  opportunity to meet and greet others in the solar industry.

     

     

    Appetizers will be provided compliments of


    Continental Energy Solutions 

    &

    GEM Energy

      


    Cash bar


    Space is limited so please register today!

         

     

     

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



    • 18 May 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 160 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL

    Agendas and registration information for the upcoming Illinois Power Agency workshops on implementation of the Renewable Portfolio Standard aspects of Public Act 99-0906 are now available on the Illinois Power Agency website.

    Please register for workshops using the registration form.

     

    Attendance may be limited, a call-in number is also available.


    Morning: Community Solar This workshop will focus on community solar projects. The agenda will include potential approaches for (1) application procedures; (2) program terms and conditions; (3) consumer protections; and other issues to be determined. 


    Afternoon: Illinois Solar for All Programs This workshop will focus on potential approaches for how the IPA will implement revisions to Section 1-56 of the Illinois Power Agency Act, creating the Illinois Solar for All program, which provides incentives for low-income consumers and communities through four programs: Low income Distributed Generation Incentive; Low-income Community Solar Project Initiative; Initiatives for Non-profits and Public Facilities; and Low-Income Community Solar Pilot Projects. The workshop will also address potential approaches for defining the term “environmental justice community,” best practices for determination of low-income eligibility, opportunities for grassroots education on the Illinois Solar for All programs, and coordination with job training programs.


    These workshops will provide an opportunity for stakeholder feedback. In addition, in the weeks following the conclusion of these workshops, the Illinois Power Agency anticipates issuing specific questions that arise from the workshops to stakeholders, providing both workshops attendees and non-attendees with an opportunity to provide more focused, well-researched, and detailed feedback to the Agency on specific key issues.

    • 24 May 2017
    • 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • 527 East Capitol Avenue, Springfield, IL

    Agendas and registration information for the upcoming Illinois Power Agency workshops on implementation of the Renewable Portfolio Standard aspects of Public Act 99-0906 are now available on the Illinois Power Agency website.

    Please register for workshops using the registration form.

     

    Attendance may be limited, a call-in number is also available.


    This workshop will focus on implementation of the adjustable block program, community solar, and the Illinois Solar for All programs in exurban and rural areas of Illinois, specifically how to address the different housing stock and program opportunities and interest in these areas, and other issues to be determined. 


    This workshop will provide an opportunity for stakeholder feedback. In addition, in the weeks following the conclusion of this workshop, the Illinois Power Agency anticipates issuing specific questions that arise from the workshop to stakeholders, providing both workshop attendees and non-attendees with an opportunity to provide more focused, well-researched, and detailed feedback to the Agency on specific key issues.

    • 27 May 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • The Conservation Foundation, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL 60565
    • 6
    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: $95

    For non-members: $125*


    *You can become an ISEA Individual Member for $45 a year to receive the member rate, in addition to other membership benefits. Learn more by clicking here.


    Fees must be paid PRIOR to attending the class.


    **PLEASE BRING A LUNCH**

    • 08 Jun 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Webinar

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


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


    -

    ISEA monthly policy webinars are intended to provide the Illinois solar industry with up to date information on current policy activities, as well as educate ISEA business members on opportunities that have the potential increase your business.


    The ISEA policy committee, comprised of Illinois industry leaders, as well as guest experts, share their knowledge and experience with attendees.


    Recordings of ISEA policy webinars are made available to ISEA business members. In order to view the most recent webinar:

    1. Log into your ISEA account
    2. And then click here to view a recording of the webinar.
    • 10 Jun 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • The Conservation Foundation, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL 60565
    • 14
    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: $95

    For non-members: $125*


    *You can become an ISEA Individual Member for $45 a year to receive the member rate, in addition to other membership benefits. Learn more by clicking here.


    Fees must be paid PRIOR to attending the class.


    **PLEASE BRING A LUNCH**

    • 12 Jun 2017
    • 13 Jun 2017
    • Chicago



    Attend an Innovative and Illuminating Two Day Solar on Brownfield Event in Chicago June 12-13. 


    TRC will power up the first national solar on brownfield networking event dedicated to developing solar energy on brownfields, landfills and other underutilized real estate. This is a must attend conference for property owners and those directly involved with rural or urban development and keen on developing solar power on marginal lands, as well as solar developers seeking land or interested in breaking into the brownfield space.

    The conference’s unique and innovative format includes market-making, mixer and educational events designed to both encourage solar development generally and connect individuals directly toward furthering specific opportunities. Attendees can engage in planned mini-meetings, allowing everyone to have real conversations about potential opportunities and collaborations.

    Educational opportunities are designed along two separate tracks. Landowners will discover how to convert contaminated, blighted and marginal property into clean energy assets, while solar developers will learn to navigate the land recycling landscape. And because innovation is opening new opportunities on small urban sites, there will be a half day urban track devoted to building solar energy in inner cities.

    Join us in Chicago for this two-day, limited seat event where brownfield/landfill owners and renewable energy developers from across the country will connect and discuss the creation of the next generation of clean power projects to build a new and productive future using our most underutilized lands.

    Where/when: Chicago, June 12 - 13, 2017
    Location/venue:  SIX10 | 610 S. Michigan Ave. | Chicago, IL | 60605

    • 16 Jun 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 18 Jun 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Midwest Renewable Energy Association, 7558 Deer Road, Custer, WI

    Celebrate the summer solstice at The 28th Annual Energy Fair, June 16-18, 2017! The Energy Fair brings over 13,000 attendees together to learn about clean energy and sustainability, connect with others, and take action towards a sustainable future. Enjoy over 200 workshops, over 200 exhibitors, inspirational keynotes featuring JB Straubel, Co-Founder of Tesla, live music, camping, family fun, great food, and more. Organized by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, The Energy Fair is the longest-running event of its kind in the nation. Tickets and event information can be accessed by clicking here.


    NEW this year: Attend a second Energy Fair in St. Paul, MN on September 9-10, 2017, with a pre-Fair Solar Professional Day on Sept. 8th.Come for the atmosphere, and stay for the fun!


    Contact:

    info@midwestrenew.org
    715-592-6595





    • 24 Jun 2017
    • 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 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


    Prerequisites:

    Basic PV (PV 101) or equivalent


    Fees:

    For ISEA members: $265

    For non-members: $295*


    *You can become an ISEA Individual Member for $45 a year to receive the member rate, in addition to other membership benefits. Learn more by clicking here.


    Fees must be paid PRIOR to attending the class.


    **PLEASE BRING A LUNCH**


    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.

    • 11 Jul 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 13 Jul 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Moscone Center West Hall: 800 Howard Street San Francisco, CA 94103

    Since its establishment in 2008, Intersolar North America has become the most attended solar event and the premier networking platform for the North American solar industry. Co-located with ees North America and SEMICON West, it takes place annually at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, the United States’ pioneering solar market.The event’s exhibition and conference both focus on the areas of photovoltaics, PV production technologies, energy storage and solar thermal technologies. Since being founded, Intersolar has become the most important industry platform for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners of the global solar industry. A total of 554 exhibitors and more than 18,000 trade visitors participated in Intersolar North America in 2016. The conference featured 39 sessions and 23 workshops with more than 200 speakers.


    To learn more and register, click here.

    • 13 Jul 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Webinar

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


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


    -

    ISEA monthly policy webinars are intended to provide the Illinois solar industry with up to date information on current policy activities, as well as educate ISEA business members on opportunities that have the potential increase your business.


    The ISEA policy committee, comprised of Illinois industry leaders, as well as guest experts, share their knowledge and experience with attendees.


    Recordings of ISEA policy webinars are made available to ISEA business members. In order to view the most recent webinar:

    1. Log into your ISEA account
    2. And then click here to view a recording of the webinar.
    • 10 Aug 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Webinar

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


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


    -

    ISEA monthly policy webinars are intended to provide the Illinois solar industry with up to date information on current policy activities, as well as educate ISEA business members on opportunities that have the potential increase your business.


    The ISEA policy committee, comprised of Illinois industry leaders, as well as guest experts, share their knowledge and experience with attendees.


    Recordings of ISEA policy webinars are made available to ISEA business members. In order to view the most recent webinar:

    1. Log into your ISEA account
    2. And then click here to view a recording of the webinar.
    • 14 Sep 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Webinar

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


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


    -

    ISEA monthly policy webinars are intended to provide the Illinois solar industry with up to date information on current policy activities, as well as educate ISEA business members on opportunities that have the potential increase your business.


    The ISEA policy committee, comprised of Illinois industry leaders, as well as guest experts, share their knowledge and experience with attendees.


    Recordings of ISEA policy webinars are made available to ISEA business members. In order to view the most recent webinar:

    1. Log into your ISEA account
    2. And then click here to view a recording of the webinar.
    • 23 Sep 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • The Conservation Foundation, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL 60565
    • 14
    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: $95

    For non-members: $125*


    *You can become an ISEA Individual Member for $45 a year to receive the member rate, in addition to other membership benefits. Learn more by clicking here.


    Fees must be paid PRIOR to attending the class.


    **PLEASE BRING A LUNCH**

    • 09 Oct 2017
    • 12 Oct 2017
    • Denver, Colorado

    SOLAR 2017 is the American Solar Energy Society’s 46th annual National Solar Conference. It will be held at the University of Colorado, Denver, October 9-12, 2017. It will include technical sessions, forum discussions, plenary panels, workshops, fast-paced switch~ presentations, public solar displays, and networking events. 

    SOLAR 2017 is an integral part of the two-week U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, being held in Denver Colorado. The Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design and build full-size, solar-powered homes that push the limits of innovation in a series of 10 contests.

    The winner of the competition is the team that best blends design excellence and smart energy production with innovation, market appeal, and energy and water efficiency.

    In addition to SOLAR 2017, ASES is working with the Solar Decathlon organizing team to maximize interest in solar energy through sustainability and educational workshops and festivals.  The Solar Decathlon and related events will be happening October 5-15.  

     

    “Building Toward a 100% Renewable Energy Community” 
    This 2017 theme underscores our close connection with the Solar Decathlon which is all about buildings, our ASES mission of enabling a 100% RE society, and the importance of ASES as a community building as well as knowledge sharing organization.

    To learn more and register, click here.


    • 12 Oct 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Webinar

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


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


    -

    ISEA monthly policy webinars are intended to provide the Illinois solar industry with up to date information on current policy activities, as well as educate ISEA business members on opportunities that have the potential increase your business.


    The ISEA policy committee, comprised of Illinois industry leaders, as well as guest experts, share their knowledge and experience with attendees.


    Recordings of ISEA policy webinars are made available to ISEA business members. In order to view the most recent webinar:

    1. Log into your ISEA account
    2. And then click here to view a recording of the webinar.
    • 14 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • The Conservation Foundation, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL 60565
    • 14
    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: $95

    For non-members: $125*


    *You can become an ISEA Individual Member for $45 a year to receive the member rate, in addition to other membership benefits. Learn more by clicking here.


    Fees must be paid PRIOR to attending the class.


    **PLEASE BRING A LUNCH**

    • 04 Nov 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • The Conservation Foundation, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL 60565
    • 12
    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


    Prerequisites:

    Basic PV (PV 101) or equivalent


    Fees:

    For ISEA members: $265

    For non-members: $295*


    *You can become an ISEA Individual Member for $45 a year to receive the member rate, in addition to other membership benefits. Learn more by clicking here.


    Fees must be paid PRIOR to attending the class.


    **PLEASE BRING A LUNCH**


    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 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Webinar

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


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


    -

    ISEA monthly policy webinars are intended to provide the Illinois solar industry with up to date information on current policy activities, as well as educate ISEA business members on opportunities that have the potential increase your business.


    The ISEA policy committee, comprised of Illinois industry leaders, as well as guest experts, share their knowledge and experience with attendees.


    Recordings of ISEA policy webinars are made available to ISEA business members. In order to view the most recent webinar:

    1. Log into your ISEA account
    2. And then click here to view a recording of the webinar.
    • 14 Dec 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Webinar

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


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


    -

    ISEA monthly policy webinars are intended to provide the Illinois solar industry with up to date information on current policy activities, as well as educate ISEA business members on opportunities that have the potential increase your business.


    The ISEA policy committee, comprised of Illinois industry leaders, as well as guest experts, share their knowledge and experience with attendees.


    Recordings of ISEA policy webinars are made available to ISEA business members. In order to view the most recent webinar:

    1. Log into your ISEA account
    2. And then click here to view a recording of the webinar.

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