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

    • 27 Sep 2016
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Aurora Public Library West Branch 233 S. Constitution Drive Aurora, IL 60506
    • 18

    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
    • 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Collinsville High School- 2201 S Morrison Ave, Collinsville, IL 62234

    Attend the first annual "Solarbration" at Collinsville High School on October 1, 2016! 


    The Solarbration is a day-long fair in which environmentally conscious businesses and groups showcase their products and services to the community. The purpose of this fair is to raise funds for the Green Energy Project, which is working to install environmentally friendly equipment in the Collinsville Unit School District. Many types of organizations will be represented, including (but not limited to) Solar Panel Companies, Electric and Hybrid Vehicles, Wildlife Preservation Groups, etc.


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

    • 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!

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    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.

    On Saturday October 1st members of the Springfield Bicycle Club will lead a group bike tour of local homes and organizations that are taking part in the 2016 Illinois Solar Tour.  The tour will consist of two bike rides that will each travel at a leisurely pace of 6-10 miles.   The morning bike ride will include stops at 4-5 sites with renewable energy systems in the southern part of the city, including the Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation and Prairie Engineers.  The afternoon ride will include stops at Maldaner’s Restaurant, Kerasotes Building and Bicycle Doctor. 


    Ride details:

     

    Morning Ride (South Loop):

    Saturday, October 1, 10:00 a.m.

    Starting location: Southwind Park, 4965 S. 2nd. St.

     

    Afternoon Ride (Downtown/North Loop):

    Saturday, October 1, 1:00 p.m.

    Starting location: Capitol Complex Visitors Center, 425 S. College Street



    View more information on our Solar Tour Page
    • 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) for the Certificate.

    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 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

    • 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: 

    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/358841385532792580



    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
    • 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.


    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.


    *PLEASE BRING A LUNCH

    • 05 Nov 2016
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • The Conservation Foundation, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd, Naperville, IL 60565
    • 7
    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: $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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