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  • 11 Jul 2014 12:47 PM | Anonymous

    There is one week left until the next NABCEP exam application deadline! The next round of Certification Exams deadline is July 18, 2014 and the next exam date is October 4, 2014.


    If you have the knowledge and experience to qualify for a NABCEP Certification Exam in PV installation, solar heating, or technical sales... take the next step now!!


    The opportunity for the certification exam only comes twice a year so act now!!


    Learn how to apply here 

  • 09 Jul 2014 2:47 PM | Anonymous

    The Solar Chicago program has been highlighted in the Chicago Tribune! 


    http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-rooftop-solar-discount-program-20140709,0,1457940.story


    Solar Chicago is a new community wide group solar discount program offered by the City of Chicago, the World Wildlife Fund and Vote Solar. The City is participating in this program to help homeowners pool their buying power to secure significant discounts that make installing solar on your home more affordable than ever.


    After vetting several solar companies, a volunteer community evaluation committee has selected the team of Juhl Renewable Energy Systems and Microgrid Solar as Solar Chicago's installation partner. As a result, they will pass along savings from reduced marketing costs and bulk purchasing to Solar Chicago participants to provide residential solar starting at $3.49 per-watt - more than a 25% discount off the average market installation costs.

    In addition to offering Solar Chicago participants solar electric systems at a discount, the Juhl-Microgrid Solar team will also provide an incentive rebate for each system installed through the program, if the total installed solar capacity exceeds program goals.

    To learn more visit the Solar Chicago page.


  • 02 Jul 2014 12:51 PM | Anonymous

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:


    Law Signed by Governor Quinn to Promote Solar Energy in Illinois 


    ILLINOIS, July 2, 2014: --  Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation on Saturday to promote solar energy purchases in Illinois. With this law, $30 million will be available to develop solar projects including residential rooftop solar installations.

     

    “These last days of June are some of the longest of the year, the perfect time to talk about getting more of our electricity from solar,” Governor Quinn said. “Thousands of residents will soon get cheaper, cleaner energy, and we will create good paying jobs for working families in the process. It’s this sort of innovation that has made Illinois a national leader in clean energy production.”

     

    House Bill 2427 frees $30 million from the Illinois Power Agency’s Renewable Energy Resources Fund that has been collected from clean energy fees paid by Illinois power suppliers. The law establishes a competitive procurement process to purchase energy from existing solar devices and from new solar installations. This could mean thousands of new solar panel installations on homes in Illinois. The law is effective immediately.

     

    Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) Executive Director Lesley McCain said “Solar businesses in Illinois are extremely pleased that Governor Quinn has signed this legislation. We would like to thank State Representative Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston) and State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) for sponsoring the bill. This special solar procurement will be incredibly significant for our business members and help make solar more affordable for Illinois homeowners.”

     

    Contact:

    Illinois Solar Energy Association

    contactisea@illinoissolar.org

    http://www.illinoissolar.org


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  • 21 Apr 2014 4:04 PM | Lesley McCain (Administrator)

    The Illinois Solar Energy Association in partnership with the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN)  and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) held the first all-state solar conference on  Tuesday 4/8/14.  The conference, which attracted  150+ participants, provide the attendees with information and updates on all aspects of solar in Illinois!  From policy related information, to a toolbox for solar installers the information given was useful and engaging and will be used to advance the local solar industry.  You can view the conference presentations here.

  • 07 Apr 2014 4:20 PM | Lesley McCain (Administrator)

    Due to the cancellation of a number of projects that had been approved for a rebate, DCEO now has some rebate funds (approximately $100,000) available now for new applications.  However, these funds must be spent by the end of the state fiscal year.  Therefore, new solar or wind projects that can be completed by May 31st, please send in applications to DCEO as soon as possible.  New rebate applications will be considered on a first come first serve basis, until all of these funds have been allocated.  Installers for these projects must be certified by the Illinois Commerce Commission as a Distributed Generation Installer (or receive certification before May 31st.

     

    Rebate applications should be sent to ceo.rerp@illinois.gov

  • 27 Mar 2014 9:57 PM | Lesley McCain (Administrator)

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today that Chicago has been named the 2014 Earth Hour Capital of the United States by the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Earth Hour City Challenge, a year-long competition among cities to promote renewable energy and prepare for climate change. Cities that participate are recognized for their efforts in creating more sustainable, resilient cities, and compete for the title of U.S. Earth Hour Capital as well as grants from WWF.

     

    Building on the success of the Chicago Solar Express, an initiative to make rooftop solar as easy and economical as possible for Chicago residents and businesses, the City will use some of the grant award funding to launch a partnership to help reduce purchase costs of solar arrays for Chicago residents. Read More..... 

  • 14 Mar 2014 10:27 PM | Lesley McCain (Administrator)

    ISEA is proud to announce the release of Leading from the Middle. Leading from the Middle, a report developed by the World Wildlife Fund, is a collaboration between ISEA, WWF, ELPC, Illinois Sierra Club, GW Solar Institute, LEAN, and the Go Green Go Local Coalition. This report discusses how more than 90 Illinois communities utilized the utility model known as Community Choice Aggregation to switch to 100% renewables by using renewable energy credits. This choice has reduced pollution levels equivalent to removing more than 1 million cars from the road or 250,000 homes off the grid.

    To view the report visit ISEA's Greening of Illinois Community Electricity Aggregation page

  • 02 Jan 2014 12:01 PM | Lesley McCain (Administrator)

     

    The Illinois Solar Energy Association is excited to announce the results of the Board of Directors Elections. Seven outstanding and talented candidates ran for the four open seats.  Peter Gorr, Amy Antoniolli, Jack O ‘Donohue will join the ISEA BOD along incumbent Glenn Reed. ISEA would like to thank all the candidates for their interest in advancing both the organization and the solar industry in Illinois! 

  • 21 Dec 2013 2:30 PM | Lesley McCain (Administrator)

     

    Voting for the RE-RUN of Illinois Solar Energy Association Board of Directors 2014-2016 Election opens Saturday 12-21-13 at 8PM and will close at 12 noon on 12-31-13. The election needed to be re-started due to a few clerical errors and candidate misunderstanding and to ensure the process is equitable for candidates and voting members. Ballots cast prior to December 21, 8PM CST (the start of the re-run) will be voided.

     

    ISEA board candidates statements can be viewed here.  All ISEA members in good standing as of December 10, 2013 will receive an election ballot by email. ISEA members will have the opportunity to vote for 4 candidates from this outstanding group of applicants.

     

    ISEA BOARD OF DIRECTOR POSITION DESCRIPTION

    APPLICATION PROCESS AND ELECTION DETAILS

     

     

     


    ISEA BACKGROUND

    The Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) is a 501-c-3 organization established on April 30, 1979. The ISEA currently has a nine (9) member Board of Directors of whom four Directors serve as Officers - President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Officers are elected for one-year terms by the Board of Directors.

    ISEA MISSION

    The education and advocacy of solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy to the people of Illinois.

     


    BOARD OF DIRECTORS' FUNCTION

    As representatives of the membership of ISEA, the Board of Directors (Board) is the primary force advancing ISEA's fulfillment of service to its membership, to ISEA as a single entity, and to the nonprofit community at large.

     

     

    DIRECTOR QUALIFICATIONS

    Directors bring a diversity of talents and capabilities to the ISEA, as well as a passion to materially fulfill its mission.

     


    ISEA is seeking Directors who represent various aspects of the solar, wind and other renewable energy fields, as well as individuals in potentially impacted industries, such as legal, finance, education, environment, real estate, and manufacturing.  Candidates should have innate leadership, management, and well- developed interpersonal skills, as well as patience and good humor, and be able to participate in and sustain collaborative group efforts.

     


    Election candidates must be ISEA members to be eligible for a Director position.  The Candidate can be an Individual, Senior/Student or Family Member or part of a Business Member category. 

     


    DIRECTOR'S ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

     


    ISEA Directors are expected to lend their knowledge, skills and abilities to assist ISEA executing its mission through fundraising, advocacy, education, marketing and related activities.  Fundraising, through direct or leveraged actions, is key to the continued growth and success of ISEA.

     


    The role of each Director is to serve a two-year term by leading, advising, and supporting the activities of ISEA.  Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
    •Attend all Board meetings prepared to further the success of ISEA and to support the ISEA’s mission and goals.
    •Monitor and mentor standing Committees as assigned and on an as-needed basis providing advice, encouragement and voice for the Committee to the Board.
    •Identify and nominate candidates for vacant Board positions.
    •Accept special assignments designated by the President.
    •Remain current on the activities of ISEA by following its publications (includes electronic, print and virtual), issues and interests.
    •Remain current on issues affecting the non-profit sector as it relates to the mission of the Association, its members and community at large.
    •Inform the Board and remain proactive to assist ISEA with supporting its members and enhancing its funding sources.
    •Act as a role model, change agent and professional exemplar.

    RESPONSIBILITIES BY CATEGORY

     

    1. Planning

    • Approve ISEA’s mission and review management (Board & ED) performance in achieving it.
    • Annually review and approve the ISEA strategic plan and budget.

    2. Organization
    •Work with the Executive Director to create a strategic direction for the Association and to set short and long term goals.
    •Ensure management continuity is properly provided.
    •Approve appropriate compensation and benefit policies and practices.
    •Identify candidates and determine the eligibility of candidates for the nomination of officers and directors.
    •Actively participate in Board meetings and on Committee assignments.
    •Support sponsoring donor and community-building events as designated by the Board.
    •Identify potential funding sources and serve as an ambassador to secure organizational funding.
    •Annually evaluate the performance of staff and determine any bonus awards or increases in salary.
    •Be an active member of both ISEA and American Solar Energy Society (ASES).
    •Annually review the performance of the Board and take steps (including recommendation for its composition, organization, and responsibilities) to improve its performance.

     

     

    3. Operations
    •Review results achieved by management in comparison to ISEA’s mission, program plans, and strategic plan, as well as similar metrics for like organizations.
    •Ascertain that the financial structure of the ISEA is adequate for its current needs and the implementation of the strategic plan by approving an annual budget.
    •Provide advice, comments, and direction to the members of the Board and Executive Director.
    •Approve major actions of ISEA, such as capital expenditures on all projects over authorized limits and major changes in programs, services, office location, etc.
    •Review monthly and annual financial results for the organization and ensure, through the oversight of the Finance Committee, that reports are accurate and in accordance with accepted accounting principles.


    TIME COMMITMENT

    Board members serve a two-year term.  In-person BOD meetings occur monthly for two hours in the evening.  Members will be required to travel to in-person meetings and efforts will be made to hold meetings in an equally-agreeable location to limit travel as much as possible.  Conference call meetings are also occasionally hosted. Additional meetings (i.e committee, or special circumstance) may be scheduled with advance notice.

     


    APPLICATION PROCESS

    There will be four Director positions for re-election for the 2014-16 term.  Candidates are requested to submit their candidacy announcement in an email to contactisea@illinoissolar.org to the attention of the ISEA President Shannon Fulton and Secretary David Brochu.  In the email response please state the candidate’s name, affiliation (if any) and contact information, as well as a statement (up to 100 words) of their candidacy.  Electronic submissions of candidacy to contactisea@illinoissolar.org will be accepted until 12 PM, local time on December 7, 2013.

     


    Candidates will also have the opportunity to announce their candidacy during the ISEA Member Meeting to take place on Saturday December 7, 2013, 10:00 AM; Chicago Center for Green Technology; 445 N. Sacramento Blvd, Chicago, IL 60612.  Such candidates may also wish to prepare a written statement of their candidacy so that ISEA may publish it for voters' benefit during the election. Nominations in person will be accepted until the close of the meeting. 

     


    ELECTION

    Voting will occur by electronic ballot and emailed on December 21, 2013 at 8PM CST to all ISEA members in good standing as of Dec. 10, 2013.  Responses will be due by 12 noon on December 31, 2013 in order to be counted.  Votes will be tallied, elected persons privately notified, and results publicized on the ISEA website prior to the January 2014 ISEA Board of Directors meeting.

  • 10 Dec 2013 12:13 AM | Lesley McCain (Administrator)

    ISEA would like to congratulate the winner of the 2013 raffle~ Mike Linder of St. Charles Illinois! Thank you to everyone who participated!

     

    ISEA drew the winning ticket  at our annual meeting this past Saturday December 7th! 

    Approximately 35 solar and raffle enthusiast were in attendance for the event.

     

     As stated in the rules 2,500 tickets needed to be sold in order to award the car otherwise the raffle would be a 50/50 split of the pot .  1915 tickets were sold as of noon on December 4th.  We think the lucky winner will be pretty happy with the winning of over $23,000!!

     

    We appreciate everyone who purchased tickets and your support of our work towards a clean energy future for all!  Your all winners in our eyes!

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