ISEA Policy Blog

Welcome to the ISEA Policy Blog. Catch up on the latest issues related to the adoption of solar and small wind energy in Illinois. We welcome your feedback and referral of newsworthy developments. 

  • 25 May 2010 10:10 AM | Michelle Hickey

    Jim Camasto loves sunny days. The Naperville resident, along with his wife Kath, enjoys seeing the sun out because it helps power his home. The Camastos have solar panels on their roof that provide both electrical and thermal energy to their home. On extra-hot days, excess electricity flows back into the Naperville power grid.

    “My neighbors are using it right now,” said Jim Camasto. “It’s a great way to produce energy. I just sit here and let the sun do it for me.”

    If you’re enrolled in Naperville’s renewable energy program, you contribute funds to purchase green energy from sources like Camasto’s solar panels. Click here to watch a video and read the article.
  • 21 May 2010 3:18 PM | Michelle Hickey
    The Illinois Solar Energy Association is seeking solar and wind energy professionals to teach introductory-level courses to the public and ISEA membership. Applicants should have in-depth knowledge of solar and wind technologies, experience public speaking and delivering presentations, and comfort teaching independently.

    ISEA courses generally run for three hours on Saturday mornings throughout the greater Chicago area, but also occasionally on weekday evenings.  All educational materials necessary for course delivery will be provided by ISEA. Instructors will receive compensation for their time and will have travel expenses covered.

    Interested applicants are to complete an application and submit it by June 18th.  Once applications are received and reviewed, a meeting will be scheduled at the ISEA office in Chicago to begin the vetting process.

    For more information, please contact Christopher Pell, Education Coordinator,

    Instructor Application
  • 05 May 2010 9:26 AM | Michelle Hickey


    Passed through the Energy Committee but defeated on the main floor last night in 17-26-6 vote!

    Senate Bill 380 amends the Illinois Power Authority Act (20 ILCS 3855/1-10) by expanding the definition of “renewable energy resource” and its associated “renewable energy credit” to include tire burning.

    Tire burning is not renewable energy. Renewable energy is produced from natural resources that do not pollute the air, water or land such as energy produced from: solar, wind, biomass (fibrous vegetation) and the earth’s thermal heat.

    Tires contain known carcinogens and poisons such as arsenic and benzene. Burning tires releases highly toxic dioxins as well as sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. 
  • 23 Apr 2010 8:52 AM | Michelle Hickey

    The City of Naperville, Department of Public Utilities-Electric (DPU-E) is expanding its use of renewable energy and raising public awareness by initiating a project to bring solar power to the department.  DPU-E is currently working with a local solar project developer, SoCore Energy, in building a 5 kW solar array on the property of the Fort Hill Dr substation at the intersection of 75th Street and Fort Hill Drive in Naperville.  The array, which is being donated and installed by SoCore will provide additional energy to offset the substation building’s energy needs.  The 25 panel array will be placed on the ground, and will have an estimated yearly energy production of 4,500 kWh.

    This clean energy project will provide a visual example of a renewable energy source.  DPU-E will use the project to enhance public awareness and aid in determining the feasibility and efficiency of solar power.

  • 14 Apr 2010 10:57 AM | Michelle Hickey
    Joe Compean designed a globe for the Chicago 2007 Cool Globe Project that utilized solar panels and LED lights.  Unfortunately a new high rise was built across the street, blocking much of the sun.  Joe is seeking assistance in finding replacement panels that would be able to generate enough energy using the reduced sunlight to power the LED lights.

    Contact Joe directly
    Joe Compean
  • 05 Apr 2010 8:31 AM | Michelle Hickey
    Thanks to a federal Stimulus grant, Ingersoll Machine Tools will soon retrofit their existing Rockford facility to manufacture wind turbine components, a move that will allow the company to retain nearly 70 existing jobs and create over 80 new jobs. According to a Press Release from the State of Illinois (more)
  • 05 Apr 2010 8:10 AM | Michelle Hickey

    School districts will be able to band together to develop renewable energy and sell the electricity to power companies under a bill that just passed the Illinois House - HB 6419 School District Intergovernmental Cooperation Renewable Energy Act.  No word yet on a Senate version.

    With state budget cuts forcing them to lay off dozens of teachers, three school districts in Chicago's suburbs are moving forward on a unique joint venture that could help secure their long-term financial future: a wind farm in central Illinois. (more)

  • 18 Mar 2010 4:35 PM | Michelle Hickey
    Mark Burger, ISEA President, will be participating in a round table discussion with energy, environment and government leaders about what's real and what's fantasy when it comes to keeping and creating jobs in Illinois' energy sector - and what can be done in Springfield to bring more energy jobs to our state.

    Click here to visit the website and email to register.
  • 17 Mar 2010 9:35 AM | Michelle Hickey
    Join this debate at The Economist with moderator, Oliver Morton, and participating experts Van Jones, author of The Green-Collar Economy, and Andrew Morriss, Professor of Law and Professor of Business at University of Illinois College of Law.

    Van Jones: The private sector—not the government—can and must be the main driver in creating green jobs. The scale of the transition to cleaner, lower-carbon energy sources is simply too large for the public sector to tackle alone.

    Andrew Morriss: Governments should not try to choose technological winners and losers and so they should not promote "green" (or "red" or "purple") jobs. Instead, we should leave that to the marketplace.
  • 17 Mar 2010 9:30 AM | Michelle Hickey

    March 15 (Bloomberg) -- The burgeoning U.S. wind-energy industry will fail to reach its potential without help from Congress in setting a national renewable-power standard and revamping the electric grid, governors from 29 states said.

    A jumble of state laws should be replaced by a national edict, according to a report from the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition, which includes California, Florida and Massachusetts. The plan would help spur development and efficiency, which would create jobs, curb greenhouse-gas emissions and reduce dependency on oil imports, the coalition said.  (more)

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