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

    • 21 Jun 2016
    • 16 Aug 2016
    • 3 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/358841385532792580



    Future sessions (all at 7pm)

    May 17th

    June 21st

    July 19th

    August 16th

    • 28 Jul 2016
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • IBEW NECA Training Institute, 6201 W. 115th Street, Alsip, IL 60803

    The IBEW/NECA Training Institute is hosting a public tour!



    IBEW-NECA Technical Training Institute in the south Chicago suburb of Alsip is a joint venture between the (IBEW) Local 134, the National Electric Contractors Association (NECA), has been around for nearly a century. 


    Now journeymen and apprentice electricians have the exciting opportunity to practice on a wide range of clean energy tasks, from installing solar arrays and EV charging stations to grounding solar arrays and solar-powered street lights against lightning strikes to climbing and wiring wind turbines!  


    Read more about the Training Center in this recent Midwest Energy News article – Illinois Center Helps Train Clean Energy Workers for the Future


    Join ISEA for a free public tour on July 28th at 1pm!


    • 03 Aug 2016
    • 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    • Federal Plaza, 219 S Dearborn, IL (corner of Dearborn and Adams)

    August 3 you can play a key role in shaping the future of the clean energy economy. 


    There is a rally and hearing where Sierra Club and our allies will be calling for the EPA to prioritize projects for economically disadvantaged communities and communities of color in the Clean Energy Incentives Program (CEIP). The CEIP is a voluntary early action program for the development of clean energy in low-income communities tied to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan -- the nation's first-ever controls of carbon pollution from existing power plants.


    If the EPA finalizes a strong and just CEIP, it will be an opportunity for states to fulfill the promise of protecting communities who have long been burdened by pollution all while protecting our climate everywhere. RSVP to show up for environmental and economic justice!


    Here are the rally and hearing details:


    What: Rally with speakers and a  public hearing 


    When: Wednesday, August 3, 2016. Rally at noon, hearing from 9:00 a.m. - 8:00pm (you do not need to stay the whole time)


    Where: 

    • Rally at Federal Plaza, 219 S Dearborn  (corner of Dearborn and Adams)
    • Hearing at US EPA Region 5 Office, Ralph Metcalfe Federal Building, 77 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604


    Questions? Contact Caroline Wooten at caroline.wooten@sierraclub.org


    NOTE: You must bring a photo ID to attend the hearing. 


    RSVP here: https://sierraclub.tfaforms.net/85


    • 04 Aug 2016
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Bartlett Public Library, 800 S Bartlett Rd, Bartlett, IL 60103
    • 23

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


    August 4th: Solar Presentation - "Powering Your Home with the Sun"


    Location: Bartlett Library Public, 800 S Bartlett Rd, Bartlett, IL 60103


    Time:  7 PM


    Free and open to the public.


    • 11 Aug 2016
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 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 24th subject: Illinois energy legislation update
    • June 9th : POSTPONED

    • July 21st: POSTPONED

    • August 11th: TBA

    • 30 Aug 2016
    • 31 Aug 2016
    • Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 Cass Ave, Lemont, IL 60439

    Please mark your calendar and plan to attend:

     

    Energy Storage Conference


    Past, Present, & Future of Battery Storage:

    Technological, Regulatory, and Marketplace Perspectives

     

    At Argonne National Laboratory

    August 30-31, 2016

     

     

    Register to attend and view more event details on the conference website.  You must register in advance to attend this conference. 

     

    Tuesday, August 30th:

    ·        Registration, 12:30 PM

    ·        Introductory Sessions (optional), 1:00 PM

    ·        Tour at Argonne National Laboratory, 4:00 PM

    ·        Networking Reception, 5:00 PM

     

    Wednesday, August 31st:  Main Conference

    ·        Registration & Continental Breakfast, 7:30 AM

    ·        Overview of Battery Storage, 8:00 AM

    ·        Future of Battery Storage, 9:30 AM

    ·        Marketplace Uses Now, 11:00 AM

    ·        Lunch, 12:15 PM

    ·        Storage and Renewables, 1:15 PM

    ·        Creating a Marketplace for Storage, 2:45 PM

    ·        Adjourn, 4:30 PM


    • 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
    • 27 Sep 2016
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Aurora Public Library West Branch 233 S. Constitution Drive Aurora, IL 60506
    • 24

    Please join Solar Ambassadors Jeff Gahris and Paige Fitton for a Solar 101 Presentation in Glen Ellyn.


    September 27th: Solar Presentation - "Powering Your Home with the Sun"


    Location: Aurora Public Library West Branch 233 S. Constitution Drive Aurora, IL 60506
    Time:  7 PM


    Free and open to the public.


    • 01 Oct 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Illinois


    Register to attend the 2016 Illinois Solar Tour!!


    The Illinois Solar Tour is a FREE PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE to demonstrate how Illinois homes and businesses are using solar, wind, geothermal, passive solar design, and energy efficiency to be energy independent.
    Renewable energy system owners and installers will be providing the tours and can answer your questions on how you too can harness the power of the sun and wind to fuel your home and business.

    Join your neighbors to:

    • Learn how solar home and business owners are becoming energy independent
    • Meet people who have renewable energy installations
    • Learn about the technology options and see how they are installed
    • Hear how different renewable energy technologies work together
    • Find out all of the ways you can use clean energy to power your life!
    Visit our website at www.illinoissolartour.org

    View more information on our Solar Tour Page

    A National Event
    The ISEA Illinois Solar Tour is part of the American Solar Energy Society’s (ASES) National Solar Tour event, “the largest grassroots solar event in history.” More than 160,000 participants will visit some 5,500 buildings in 3,200 communities across the U.S. on tour day.

    Interested in participating as a host site? Sign up here.
    • 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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