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 Jun 2016
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin, 39W830 Highland Ave, Elgin, IL 60124

    Through the stories of workers and entrepreneurs in the U.S. and China, Catching the Sun explores the global race to lead the clean energy future. Over the course of a solar jobs training program, Catching the Sun follows the hope and heartbreak of unemployed American workers seeking jobs in the solar industry. With countries like China investing in innovative technologies and capitalizing on this trillion-dollar opportunity, Catching the Sun tells the story of the global energy transition from the perspective of workers and entrepreneurs building solutions to income inequality and climate change with their own hands. Their successes and failures speak to one of the biggest questions of our time: will the U.S. actually be able to build a clean energy economy? Set against the struggle to build a ‘green economy’,

     Catching the Sun will engage new audiences in solutions to climate change and income inequality.


    TRAILER
    http://www.catchingthesun.tv


    A must-see film. An eye-opening look at workers and entrepreneurs on the forefront of the clean energy movement that will transform, and enliven the way you see the future. What is clear is the wonderful opportunity the transition to clean energy represents."
    – MARK RUFFALO

    • 12 Jul 2016
    • 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Civic Opera Building, 20 N Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606

    When

    Tuesday July 12, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM CDT

    Add to Calendar

     

    Contact

    Kevin Borgia

    Wind on the Wires
    309-310-9831
    kborgia@windonthewires.org


    Where

    Civic Opera Building

    20 N Wacker Drive
    Chicago, IL 60606


    Driving Directions


    Please join us for this FREE Media and Public Engagement Training Event. Learn the value of being involved in the political process, and why "Your Voice Matters!"

     

    Research shows that businesses carry significant influence with legislators and public officials. Renewable energy businesses and their supply chains who serve the industry with component parts, services, labor, etc. are needed to engage at all levels of government, delivering a unified message on the economic benefits of renewable development.

    A free lunch will be provided.

     

    Who should attend:

    • Company Executives
    • Government/public affairs employees
    • Communications directors/managers
    • Site managers/supervisors
    • Operations/plant managers
    • Project developers

    Participants in this Media Training Event will learn the value of being involved in the political process as we discuss and practice key skills for successful meetings with elected officials and the media.

     

    You'll learn:

    • Why and how to prepare and participate inmeetings with key elected officials
    • Letters to the Editor/Op-Eds/Commentaries - why they're important
    • Editorial Board Visits - what they are, what to expect
    • Press conferences, radio/TV interviews - how to deliver your message confidently

    Be sure to reserve your spot now! Space for this training event is limited. Please register for this event today to ensure you are able to attend.


    Register Now!

    • 14 Jul 2016
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Glen Ellyn Public Library, 400 Duane Street, Glen Ellyn
    • 24

    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.


    • 20 Jul 2016
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Helen Plum Library, 110 W Maple St, Lombard, IL 60148
    • 25

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


    July 20th: Solar Presentation - "Powering Your Home with the Sun"


    Location: Helen Plum Library, Lombard, IL
    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 by June 1st for best pricing.  Early bird registration rate is $50 per person. Regular rate $80 begins June 1st.

    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.

    • 21 Jul 2016
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Barrington Public Library
    • 25

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


    July 21: Solar Presentation - "Powering Your Home with the Sun"


    Location: Barrington Public Library
    Time:  7 PM


    Free and open to the public.


    • 21 Jul 2016
    • 11 Aug 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 24th subject: Illinois energy legislation update
    • June 9th subject: POSTPONED

    • 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


    • 04 Aug 2016
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Bartlett Public Library, 800 S Bartlett Rd, Bartlett, IL 60103
    • 25

    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.


    • 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
    • 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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