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  • 10 Dec 2015 12:10 PM | Taylor Gendel (Administrator)


    12/10/15 12:15PM CST

    Hello Raffle Ticket Holders!


    This is where we will be blogging on tonight's membership meeting and Tesla Raffle drawing!


    Check back tonight for live updates! Membership meeting starts at 6PM CST, raffle drawing planned to be around 7:30PM CT. We will be announcing the winning ticket number.


    7:40PM CST: Our meeting is running a bit behind schedule. Please stay tuned for raffle results!


    7:45PM CST: ISEA year in review presentation from ISEA Executive Director, Lesley McCain.


    7:55PM CST: Check out the ISEA Facebook and Twitter (@ILSolarEnergy) for pictures and more updates!


    8:05PM CST: Quick solar policy update from ISEA policy committee chair and board member Lisa Albrecht happening now!


    8:30PM CST: Reading ISEA board election candidate statements now. 10 total!


    8:40PM CST: Drum roll please........


    8:41PMCST: The winning ticket is 2127!!!!! Congrats!

  • 08 Dec 2015 1:25 PM | Taylor Gendel (Administrator)

    ISEA is excited to announce that the DCEO Solar and Wind Energy Rebate and Grant Program has been extended through December 31, 2020!


    Due to sunset at the end of this month, an extension was approved by the legislature and signed by the Governor last  Friday December 4th 2015.  This is a big win and important milestone for ISEA as we sponsored this legislation in partnership with champions, Sen. David Koehler, Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie and the Illinois Environmental Council. Although there are still some unknowns due to the lack of a State budget, we are celebrating this victory! Stay tuned to ISEA for more information as it becomes available.

  • 05 Dec 2015 12:56 PM | Taylor Gendel (Administrator)

    Save the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC)

     

    The solar ITC, first funded in 2006, is a 30 percent federal tax credit for solar systems on commercial (under Section 48) and residential (under Section 25D) properties. After 2016, the residential credit will expire all together and the commercial credit will shrink to 10 percent. The inclusion of solar in the tax extenders bill this year is the linchpin of continuing the success of the growing solar market. For more background, here is an article that the Examiner wrote on the solar ITC earlier this year, as well as a website put together by The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC). The ITC is the only form of federal incentive support the solar industry receives, in contrast to dozens of subsidies and tax incentives other energy industries, including fossil fuels, have benefited from for decades.

     

    Help us put solar on a level playing field with these industries!

     

    Please call your legislators in the immediate as this opportunity may come up early next week and let them  know how important this extension is for both the economy as well as the environment.  Here is the link to find contact information for your U.S. Senators and Representatives.

  • 03 Dec 2015 1:40 PM | Taylor Gendel (Administrator)

    ISEA BOARD OF DIRECTOR ELECTIONS:


    Click here for POSITION DESCRIPTION, APPLICATION PROCESS AND ELECTION DETAILS.


    APPLICATION PROCESS

    There will be four Director positions for re-election for the 2016-18 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 Brian Haug.  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. Please put ISEA Board of Directors Application Statement in the subject line. Electronic submissions of candidacy to contactisea@illinoissolar.org will be accepted until 12 PM, local time on December 9, 2015.


  • 01 Dec 2015 1:37 PM | Taylor Gendel (Administrator)

    Just this month, Chicago amended its Solar Zoning Policy to allow the installation of solar on residential garages.  Specifically, the amendment removed the restriction on Accessory Structures in Residential Zoned districts.  This change will allow solar to now be installed on both flat and pitched roof garages in all zoning districts. This is a welcome development for broad swaths of the City zoned exclusively for detached garages.  This change is a great opportunity for homeowners that previously did not find it economical to install solar due to the layout or shading of their home’s roof.  Allowing installation on garages offers additional opportunities to find that perfect location for solar.


    Even for homeowners with existing solar installation, this zoning change provides an opportunity to expand the size of the system, provide additional energy cost savings, and add creative new multi-tasking solar installations.  A PV canopy on top of a detached garage with a flat roof can create shade and protection from the elements while providing a renewable source of electricity for plug-in electric vehicles charging in the garage below. 

  • 10 Nov 2015 1:30 PM | Taylor Gendel (Administrator)

    ***Deadline to submit your property for consideration in the Cook County Community Solar project has been extended to Friday, December 18th***



    Cook County Seeking Rooftops and Land to be Analyzed for Community Solar Project


    On November 2nd, Cook County released a Request of Expression of Interest (REI) seeking information on potential pilot properties that can potentially host a community solar development for the Cook County Community Solar Project. Through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Market Pathways Initiative grant, Cook County, along with other key partners, are working to analyze the potential of community solar in Cook County. Through June 2017, the Cook County Community Solar Project team will conduct an analysis for community solar projects, with a focus on developing plans for 5-7 demonstration projects within Cook County. The grant will fund the analysis associated with the demonstration projects and not the implementation of these projects.

     

    The REI process will continue until November 30, 2015, with notification of final site selection on June 15, 2016. Final proposals for the selected 5-7 demonstration projects will be released on December 15, 2016.

     

    If you are interested in learning more or responding to the REI, please visit the Cook County Community Solar Project Site Discovery Portal: www.elevateenergy.org/solar-site-discovery. Sites can be submitted online, by mail or by fax.

  • 07 Oct 2015 1:24 PM | Taylor Gendel (Administrator)

    SRECTrade hosted and posted a webinar for Round 2 of the IL SPV. If you weren't able to join them live, you can now watch it here!

     

    Here's the link:

     

    http://www.srectrade.com/blog/srec-markets/illinois/october-6-2015-illinois-supplemental-pv-procurement-program-round-2-introduction-webinar-slides-and-recording-available

     


  • 30 Sep 2015 2:31 PM | Taylor Gendel (Administrator)

    WCPT is airing a PSA on the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill--- have you heard it? 


    Listen here: CJB PSA.mp3


  • 30 Sep 2015 10:06 AM | Taylor Gendel (Administrator)

    The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) seeks proposals from Installers that can provide competitive pricing for a direct ownership model using various financing options including, but not limited to, cash and loans, and/or a leasing or power purchase agreement model for residential and commercial PV systems.

     

    The MREA, in partnership with the City of Urbana, IL, the Environmental Law Policy Center, and the Illinois Green Economy Network, will be organizing a group purchasing program for residential and commercial solar in Champaign County, IL. This effort is supported by funds from a Department of Energy SunShot Initiative grant.

     

    The RFP, any updates, and more information will be posted here: http://www.growsolar.org/news-item/request-for-proposals-champaign-county-il/


    Proposal due date: October 12, 2015


  • 04 Sep 2015 11:33 AM | Taylor Gendel (Administrator)

    Last night's (9/3/2015) webinar is now available to watch on our Regular Procurement page. A link to download the powerpoint slides is also available.

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