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

    • 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


    • 07 Sep 2016
    • 8:30 AM
    • 08 Sep 2016
    • 3:00 PM
    • Scheiber Center at Loyola University Chicago, 16 East Pearson Street, Chicago, IL 60611

    The Integrated Renewables Workshop is comprised of training activities, interactive exercises, hands-on learning opportunities for successfully navigating the intricacies of renewable energy projects, and case studies from different industries illustrating strategies for addressing challenges and opportunities related to establishing a comprehensive renewables strategy.


    The workshop will help public and private sector electricity consumers advance renewable energy strategies by overcoming common barriers and taking advantage of key opportunities and more advanced approaches. Individuals who are just launching their renewable energy initiatives will benefit from pre-workshop training activities, while those who have already engaged in significant renewables work will benefit from a range of topics designed to help them bolster their capabilities through exposure to topics and solutions they have not yet addressed. Even the most seasoned practitioners will benefit from ample networking opportunities and hearing insights from their peers. All participants will leave with a clear understanding of the renewable energy marketplace, and a plan for engaging the right stakeholders to integrate cutting edge initiatives into the energy strategies of their organizations.


    For more information and to register please go to ACCO's website.

    • 14 Sep 2016
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Krasnesky Residence, Barrington, IL

    Join USGBC-Illinois and the North/Northwest Branch for The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of a 4 kW Solar Installation.


    “I should have installed more panels!” laments Ted Krasnesky two years after installing a 4 kW array on his home in Barrington.  Find out why as Ted shares the Good, Bad and Ugly parts of his 2014-2016 journey from installation, to net metering, to grant processing, to SREC bidding.  Other experts will join Ted to share how technology, incentives, utilities and SRECs are changing to encourage onsite renewable energy and help us build a sustainable future.


    Register here for a special ISEA Member rate of $10.00. Enter code ISEA16


    Before the presentations begin, view Ted's solar installation and prairie restoration.

    Notes: This will be an "open air" presentation with"Ravinia" type seating. Attendees please bring blankets and chairs.

    Venue is 1/2 mile West of Rand Road on North side of West Miller Road.  Address is on mail box.  Granite paver driveway approach to  700' gravel and concrete strip driveway.



    Agenda:

    5:30 - 6:30 PM Refreshments, networking and tours of the solar installation and the surrounding prairie restoration.

    6:30 - 6:45 PM Ted Krasnesky presents his 2014-2016 experience managing a solar installation, net metering, the DCEO and SREC.

    6:45 - 7:00 PM Doug Snower presents the current costs associated with a  solar panel installation and associate incentives.      

    7:00 - 7:15 PM Discussion of Net Metering, Realtime Rates and SRECs

    7:15 - 7:30 PM Questions and Answer


    Speakers:
    • Ted Krasnesky, Owner, Shooting Star Prairie 
    • Doug Snower, Founder, Windfree Solar
    • 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
    • 24 Sep 2016
    • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • The Conservation Foundation, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL 60565
    • 12
    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

    • 27 Sep 2016
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Aurora Public Library West Branch 233 S. Constitution Drive Aurora, IL 60506
    • 22

    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!


    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.

    Thank you to our Tour sponsors:
     
             
    • 01 Oct 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Springfield, IL

    This year as a part of the Illinois Solar Tour, the Springfield area is organizing a bike tour of Springfield sites! Register to attend!

    __________________________________________

    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 and view host sites at www.illinoissolartour.org

    View more information on our Solar Tour Page

    Interested in participating as a host site? Sign up here.
    • 06 Oct 2016
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Radisson Hotel and Convention Center, Rockford IL

    This Year's Topic:

    Showcasing Regional Opportunities in Energy Efficiency Technologies. 

    “Making Energy Work as Hard as You Do”


    Energy is typically the second largest operating expense for a business (after labor costs), yet it is generally undervalued as an opportunity to increase profits thru managing it properly. Energy Efficiency has a larger impact on your bottom line than any of the popular “New Energy” generation technologies.

    Recent data (2015) shows as much as a 30 % reduction in energy based operating costs are possible and currently 1.8 million US jobs exist in this field., Jobs growth is projected at 10 %, and World Markets are $ 595 Billion (USD).


    Registration Site


    Event details are at:

    Ni-Expo Website



    There will be 3 excellent speakers, and a moderated panel of local innovators.
     

    Mr.  Harry Moser, founder of the Reshoring Initiative is our lunch speaker.


    He is to speak about the economics of Reshoring, of which energy reliability and cost are key elements of the TOC equation.
    His very thoughtful and well documented presentation should be especially interesting and relevant as Manufacturing is
    the core activity of our local economy. 


    • 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

    • 22 Oct 2016
    • 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.

    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

    • 05 Nov 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!


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

    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.

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